Activ8rlives Case Studies
Susan living with cancer
‘Get Active’ trial at Huntingdon Community Cancer Network
I am Susan and I am living with cancer. I chose to be a part of the ‘Get Active’ trial run by HCCN because there were three things I wanted to work on; increased activity, weight loss and recovering my mobility.
As well as being overweight as a consequence of medication and over eating I couldn’t walk far because last September I fractured my ankle in two places. That meant I was almost completely inactive. But I was optimistic about what I was going to do as soon as things got better!
I joined the trial and quickly learned that when you have an Activ8rlives BuddyBand2 you have much more than a watch/pedometer strapped to your wrist. You also get individual support. Marion our Personal Trainer suggested that I build up slowly and set myself realistic activity targets, targets that I stood a good chance of achieving. The BuddyBand2 lets you keep all sorts of records of your achievements. We agreed to share these with Marion using her Activ8rlives trainer dashboard so that she can step in when we seem to falter and get us motivated again. When you live with cancer you learn that sometimes, when your appetite and activity levels drop, you might be in need of some nursing support as well. But of course because I own the data I can share it with others as well, in my case my husband.
Being naturally competitive I overdid it in the early days and hurt my foot again and thought it would be back to inactivity again but Marion showed me exercises I could do to build myself up whilst waiting to get going again.
I’ve built up to 6,000 steps a day, which is nothing like my peers have achieved but their efforts spur me on as I still don’t love exercise but I do feel good afterwards.
I have also actually started losing weight, 11lbs off now and I feel really good about that. I bought myself the Activ8rlives smart scales as well and use the Activ8rlives App to monitor my diet. I read that when losing weight one can build up stores of fat, but Marion was there to help me understand what I could do about that as well.
Now that I am experienced with my BuddyBand2 I can confidently say that everything you need to know really is in the book. At first I got a bit confused and there were some things I couldn’t fix for myself. The help that comes from the people at Activ8rlives, the HCCN nursing team admin, Amanda, Marion and Steve from Forefront Fitness always got me going again really quickly.
The trial is over but staying active managing my weight loss goes on, secure in the knowledge that if I need a safety net the whole team is still there for me. My BuddyBand really has become my buddy!
More Case Studies
Living Life Our Way Blood Pressure Review
Having tried out the Activ8rlives Blood Pressure and Heartrate monitor I found it to be a handy device that is quick and easy to set up and simple to use. It is genuinely useful, and is especially good for adults who need to monitor their blood pressure regularly, perhaps due to a previous health condition.
Maggie Johnson – an activated cardiac patient
"It has made me feel much more secure about my health, I can print out the data and take it to the next doctor’s appointment instead of having to remember how I’ve been feeling, it’s all there in black and white. I am sure that doing this programme will keep us all going for a lot longer.”
Colin getting control of his life back
“I want to be at the centre of my recovery, not being told what to do by a doctor all of the time", Colin said, who is living with incurable cancer.
Northamptonshire County Scouts World-Walk Adventure
In a World’s first for the Scouting movement, groups of Scouts walked in teams of 10 to Nyeri in Kenya – to the grave of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement – without leaving the County.
How exercise can transform your life
I have previously written openly in this blog about my struggle with anxiety and the multitude of benefits running has had, both on my life in general, and on my mental health.