Dresden / Heidelberg - Cancer patients often find it very difficult to permanently integrate more exercise and sport into their everyday life, although this has many positive physical and psychological advantages. Sports scientists, psychologists and physiotherapists at the (NCT) in Dresden and Heidelberg have therefore developed special motivation program that can be integrated as central component in sports and exercise offers.
"MotivA - My motivation for an active everyday life" , that means that it is composed of seven motivational units. In easily understandable audio sequences, they instruct those affected, for example, to create an exercise plan, identify obstacles to regular physical activity and develop counter-strategies.
For instructors of cancer sports groups - for example in rehabilitation sports or in self-help groups - there is free manual with CD as well as poster with graphic overview of the most important content. Instructors from cancer sports groups can order the MotivA manual with CD and posters as well as booklets for the participants free of charge.
As is well known, the motto used to be that patients should take care of themselves physically during and after cancer and spend all of their energy on their recovery. Studies have shown, however, that physical activity alleviates side effects and has clearly positive effects on the patient's body and mind.
“However, it is often not enough to convey this knowledge. It is particularly difficult for those affected who did not move much before they were diagnosed with cancer to integrate sport and exercise into their everyday life in the long term, ”explain Joachim Wiskemann, head of the oncological sports and exercise therapy group at NCT Heidelberg and Nadine Ungar from the Psychological Institute of Heidelberg University.