Cancer Recovery Program
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal". The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.
Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members.
YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.
12 Weeks of Healing
If you know a cancer survivor who would benefit from the Wellness Enhancement Program, the YMCA will offer a 12 week membership to help in their recovery when qualified by Oncologist's referral.
This class is FREE, even if you are not a member.
Your routine begins with stretching & breathing, a cardio machine, & overall wellness ideas, including nutrition. The next Friday will include strength training. The following week implements bands. Balls & weights are added the fourth week & the fifth week encompasses vitamin & recipe handouts. Every workout will start the same & build on the program for twelve weeks.