Exercise class from USA

WOMEN recovering from breast cancer are being urged to sign up for a new exercise class which can help improve energy levels and wellbeing.

Developed in the United States, Lebeds Healthy Steps is the light exercise technique used to help people improve their range of movement after breast cancer surgery.

It can also reduce neck and shoulder pain as well as boosting energy levels, reducing anxiety and enhancing emotional wellbeing.

Jan Austin, an instructor at the Hartlepool-based classes, said: "Our first series of Lebeds Healthy Step sessions last autumn proved very popular, so we're delighted to be able to run more sessions this year.

"People are very welcome to come along to one or all of the sessions. They are suitable for all fitness levels as the exercise can be done standing or sitting."

The classes, organised by Hartlepool Borough Council's sport and recreation team, can be a good way for people who have had breast cancer to ease themselves back into exercise and sport.

Jan added: "It's also a great way of meeting and sharing experiences with people who are in a similar situation."

The classes cost 1 per session and begin on February 9 at 2pm at Summerhill Visitor Centre, off Catcote Road.

Places must be booked in advance by calling Jan on (01429) 284050.