A new specialist fitness class for men living with prostate cancer has been started in Stanmore Bay on Whangaparāoa Peninsula.
The Prost-FIT exercise group is one of only seven such classes throughout New Zealand and is the only one being held anywhere north of Auckland’s North Shore.
Group trainer Lis MacLeod says research shows that exercise can increase cancer survival rates by as much as 60 percent and the classes will benefit men at any stage of diagnosis or treatment.
Sessions feature tailored activities including cardio, resistance and ball skills to help to improve men’s overall strength, balance and stamina.
“The classes will also be an opportunity for the men to find camaraderie and support, as there will be a social coffee catch up each week after the class,” Lis says.
The Prost-FIT class runs every Tuesday from 9.15am to 10.15am in the Stanmore Bay Community Hall at 41 Waiora Road, followed by coffee at the Beans N Bites cafe in Whangaparāoa.
Each session costs $10, although the first class is free, and there is funding available for anyone unable to pay, thanks to backing from the Prostrate Cancer Foundation NZ and Dry July. The classes will run for nine weeks initially, and men are welcome to join at any time.
For more information, including a video of existing Prost-FIT classes, visit www.prostate.org.nz/prostfit, or contact Lis MacLeod on 021 134 1527.