As a cancer survivor, you know the tremendous toll the disease and its treatment can take on your spirit, mind and body. You want to begin to heal and reclaim your health. But where do you start?
In 2008, the YMCA partnered with LiveSTRONG® to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LiveSTRONG® at the YMCA program. Part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
LiveSTRONG® at the YMCA focuses on you – the whole person – not the disease. The free, 12 week program meets twice a week for 75 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease you back into fitness and help you maintain a healthy weight. You’ll focus on:
- Building muscle mass & strength
- Increasing flexibility & endurance
- Improving confidence & self-esteem
Plus, learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.
No one experiences cancer in the same way. Participants come to the program with different physical challenges and lifestyle goals. LiveSTRONG® at the YMCA provides you with individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas you need to rebuild. There’s no competition here – physical activities are tailored to match your abilities.
Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength & physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. And cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity and supportive relationships can have on their quality of life. LiveSTRONG® at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
This program is offered without cost to participants and includes a free 3 month YMCA family membership. The YMCA provides trained instructors, the facility and equipment.
Criteria for participation:
- Strong personal desire – survivor needs to enroll in the program
- Personal commitment to attend all classes
- Inform physician of plan to join the program
- Give permission to exercise specialist to contact physician or other healthcare professional when necessary
- Complete our screening forms and questionnaire