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Staying Active During COVID-19 with Team Body Project

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Published on November 16, 2020

Team Body Project Offers Accessible Exercise Classes from Home

A cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows is disruptive and can have a patient wondering how to maintain healthy exercise routines or move very much at all. Team Body Project presents a solution by offering classes and videos that allow everyone to start where they are and move their body in a meaningful way. 

Patient Power Co-Founder Esther Schorr introduces Daniel Bartlett, Co-Founder of Team Body Project, Esther's favorite exercise and movement program for staying active during COVID-19 (and beyond!). Daniel shares his inspirational message and encourages all of us to start where we are and just get moving. He also explains the ways their programs address the limitations that can come along with exercise and cancer.

Team Body Project offers its "Senior Strong" program for free, which has modifications for all fitness levels. 


Transcript | Staying Active During COVID-19 with Team Body Project

Esther Schorr: Hi there. This is Esther Schorr with Patient Power and I have a very special program today. Andrew and I found the Body Project during the pandemic, our favorite in-home exercise now. We have different body types, different strengths, some weaknesses and the gentleman that we're going to talk with today, Daniel Bartlett, has an approach that is inspirational, and I believe that cancer patients and care partners can benefit from his and his team's approach.

We also love the fact that Daniel's business and life partner is his wife, Alexandra, just like Andrew and I are couple-preneurs. So Daniel, start by telling us a little bit about the Body Project.

What Is Team Body Project?

Daniel Bartlett: I think the message at its core is about focusing on you. That's at the core of it. It's about focusing on you and building a relationship with your body. You got to eliminate the noise that surround you, to some extent, there are so many people, especially these days, sharing pictures of their bodies, they make exercise all about the aesthetics, but we wanted to make it more about movement and about this synergy between mind and body and building our confidence, building ourselves, becoming our best selves with exercise, with movement. It's about the relationship that you have with your body, a positive relationship that I believe can extrapolate across every area of your life.

Esther Schorr: Our Patient Power communities are made up of cancer patients, care partners, cancer survivors, and we're all on a journey together looking for better health. So where does the Body Project and the approach you're talking about fit in for individuals who might be challenged by extreme fatigue, side effects, body changes due to their condition? You're talking about movement. Maybe you could give a couple of examples of what that might look like versus an exercise routine.

What Is the Importance of Movement for Patients and Care Partners?

Daniel Bartlett: Again, people have this perception that when they turn up to do a workout, they're going to have to sweat. They're going to have to hurt. They're going to have to really push themselves. But you can do, and we actually have a workout on YouTube, that is all based in a chair. So, you can actually be sat down, and you can, if you don't have lots of energy, if you're feeling fatigued, you can take part at any level that you choose to, at any intensity that you choose to. You can pause as often as you need to. The way that we look it at Body Project is there is no right way to take part in a workout. You are honoring your body. You're turning up and saying, "I'm doing this for my body."

I think that something that's quite relevant is I actually have had cancer myself. I was very fortunate that it was stage one. So, I had a melanoma in my ankle. But I remember very well, the anxiety, the fear, the bargaining, the multitude of emotions that I experienced when I was getting scans from lymph nodes and other things to see if it had spread. And that stays with me. And I became angry at my body. I felt that my body was somehow my enemy. And this is a very vivid memory for me. And I feel that I was wrong in that. But it's an experience that I do remember, and I couldn't pretend to understand somebody who's going through a more advanced cancer than I was because I was fortunate it was caught very early.

And I think that if someone then at that time had said to me, "Your body is on your side. You're on the same team. Your body's not your enemy. Look after it." Whatever's happened, you're going through it together. That's that synergy. You're on this path with one another, not against one another. And I think that when we exercise, we're paying respect to that.

Esther Schorr: Great words of wisdom. So how does somebody get started with the Body Project? What do they have to do?

Where Can I Find More Information on Team Body Project?

Daniel Bartlett: You can go on to Team Body Project. No, sorry. It's on YouTube. And you type in Body Project in the bar. Body Project, in the bar. You can actually join our website as well for free. We actually have a plan that's called Strong, that is all in the chair. That might be interesting for some people. I've made that plan completely free for everybody. And I just want people to take that on whatever they do with Body Project or anything else, every moment that you are spending time nurturing, respecting your body, you're winning. Every moment.

Esther Schorr: Daniel Bartlett, thank you so much for your inspiration, your motivation, and for taking time to talk with us. It's a personal and professional honor to get to have this conversation with you. Really appreciate it. And for those of you listening, this is Esther Schorr from Patient Power. And please remember that knowledge and movement can be the best medicine of all.

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