Aaron offers wellbeing tips to those living with cancer

Macmillan Move More Coordinator in Mid and East Antrim Council, Aaron Irwin, is encouraging people in Ballymena living with cancer to take some small steps to maintain their mental and physical wellbeing over the winter months.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 11:13 am

The Macmillan Move More programme is available in every local Council area and helps people living with cancer to get active and stay active.

Usually, Move More participants in the Mid and East Antrim area would be getting together at the gym or a variety of fitness classes to support them to say fit and well over the winter months.

However, in light of covid-restrictions and the absence of their regular fitness activities, Aaron is encouraging people living with cancer to do what they can at home at a level that’s right for them to keep motivated and active this winter.“It’s always difficult at this time of year to feel inspired to get active,” he said.

Aaron Irwin, Macmillan Move More Coordinator in Mid and East Antrim

“It can be hard to get out and about when the weather is poor and the days are so dark.

“Add the additional challenges of covid-19 and many people are feeling less motivated than usual, but it’s important for our physical and mental health to do something, no matter how small, to move our bodies, improve our mobility and flexibility, and keep our minds active too.”

Aaron has five top tips that can help to benefit everyone at this time of year.

Stay as active as you can: Wrap up and get outside in daylight hours if you can, and avoid sitting for long periods - walk around the house when on your mobile or put some music on and move.

Stay connected: Check in with family and friends over by phone, text, zoom or social media and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling.

Eat well: Try to get your five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Rest and sleep: Switch off screens before bedtime to unwind, and try to stick to your usual bedtime and waking hours to keep your routine.

Self-care: Do the things you enjoy and make you happy, and connect with positive people.

Aaron said: “Our YouTube channel is also full of great ideas and simple activities to make sure that you do a little every day.

“We’re very much looking forward to the day that we can plan our usual Move More activities again, but in the meantime, as long as you do something, that’s the important thing.”

To find out more about the Macmillan Move More programme here email [email protected]