One of the primary lifestyle strategies that we encourage cancer survivors to add to their routine after treatment is over is exercise.
Getting started is sometimes the hardest part. LIVESTRONG Foundation is partnering with local YMCAs to provide a structured, supportive program to encourage cancer survivors to develop their own personal fitness program.
The 12-week, small group program is designed to work with adult cancer survivors as they make the transition from medical care to establishing new healthy lifestyle habits in their home and community.
The goals are:
- Reduce the severity of treatment side effects
- Prevent unwanted weight changes
- Improve energy levels
- Support positive self esteem
- Incorporate physical activity that is safe for each survivor
- Help build muscle strength
- Increase flexibility and endurance
- Improve functional ability
In addition to the benefits of physical activity, the program offers a sense of connection to fellow survivors.
Fitness instructors receive specialty training in the elements of cancer, post rehabilitation exercises and supportive cancer care. To learn more, visit the LIVESTRONG website (www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Actions/Programs-Partnerships/LIVESTRONG-at-the-YMCA).
Do you have a LIVESTRONG program at your YMCA? I'd love to hear from survivors who have participated in the program.
Read more on the Living with Cancer blog here http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/expert-blog/cancer-exercise/bgp-20125078