“Get your walking shoes on,” says Macmillan Move More Coordinator
May is National Walking Month and for Kelly Irwin, Macmillan Move More Coordinator in Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, it’s an important opportunity to remind people of the benefits of walking for emotional and physical wellbeing.
Kelly says, “As a Macmillan Move More Coordinator, I support people living with cancer to get active and stay active.
“We know that physical activity is safe during and after most types of cancer treatment, and I encourage people to find an activity they enjoy, that fits in with their lifestyle, and will support their mobility, flexibility, and emotional wellbeing.
“Although the pandemic affected access to gyms and leisure centres for some time, one opportunity to take exercise that many of us have immediate access to is walking.
“During lockdown, my Move More colleagues across our local councils and I have been encouraging participants to get their steps in every day, in a way that’s comfortable for them.
“Whether it’s up and down your stairs at home, in the local park, or on roads close to home, walking is a great way to build stamina and make your heart healthier.
“You don’t need much – just a comfortable pair of shoes and the right clothes to keep you warm and dry if you are out and about, especially given our changeable weather at moment!”
The Macmillan Move More initiative is delivered in all eleven councils across Northern Ireland, enabling people living with cancer to try out a range of activities, and access incentives including free taster sessions, discounted membership rates and access for family and friends too.
Kelly added, “Now that restrictions are easing, some of our activities are starting to return.
“Our walking groups are up and running again so if people are interested in taking part, they can contact me directly for more information.
“Walking groups are a really positive way to stay motivated and to have a little social interaction within Covid-19 guidelines.
“People can also stay in touch with us on our facebook page @MoveMoreNI and our YouTube channel is also full of inspirational ideas and simple activities to encourage people to do a little every day.”
To find out more about the Macmillan Move More programme in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area, call Kelly on 073 9228 0829 or email [email protected]
For support or information, call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, seven days a week, 8am-8pm, or visit macmillan.org.uk.