Why Dragon Boat for Breast Cancer Survivors?
Wellness, Fitness, Camaraderie, Fun, Promoting Awareness and Support
Dragon boating started in the 4th century in China, but dragon boating specific to breast cancer survivors started right here in Canada. Participation in the sport has shown a marked improvement on both physical and mental health. As well, the risk of lymphedema can be lowered.
Dragon boating is a repetitive upper body activity that is non-weight bearing, therefore associated with less injury. It is shown to improve strength, fitness and range of motion with a carry-over into daily life.
Post-treatment, breast cancer survivors may experience some limitations to their prior level of athletic ability. This can be improved by dragon boat paddling. Attending 1 to 2 practices per week can help to regain strength, improve fitness levels and provide a great support group with those who have taken a similar cancer journey.
What to wear:
During the month of May, our weather is variable. It is recommended to wear layers. The inside layer should be a wicking material to keep the moisture off your body, the outside layer should be water resistant to keep you dry, the middle layer should be something that keeps you warm. If it gets too warm out, you simply remove layers.
Wear comfortable clothing that does not constrict your movements. Anything you would wear to work out in a gym will do nicely.
Wear shoes and clothing you don't mind getting wet. Dragon Boating is a water sport and getting splashed is all a part of the fun.
Bring a water bottle.