Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Free Fitness Program for Cancer Survivors
While exercise is important for everybody, I tend to think that we cancer and brain tumor victims can benefit even more than normal folks. So I was pleasantly surprised to read this posting at www.1uponcancer.com about a free fitness program for cancer survivors that you might be able to access through your local YMCA.
According to the LIVESTRONG website, “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.”
I especially liked the following line on their website: “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.”
Here's a link to the LIVESTRONG web page talking about this program: http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Actions/Programs-Partnerships/LIVESTRONG-at-the-YMCA
Still not convinced about the importance of fitness for brain tumor and cancer victims? Read these previous posts of mine:
Guest Posting from David Haas: “Fight Cancer with Fitness” - http://johnstumor.blogspot.com/2011/12/guest-posting-from-david-haas-fight.html
The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness by Alvaro Fernadez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg. - http://johnstumor.blogspot.com/2012/02/brain-maintenance-stress-management.html
Gretchen Reynold’s nifty book entitled The First 20 Minutes - http://johnstumor.blogspot.com/2012/05/brain-over-brawn-or-more-accurately.html
And, of course, some of what I learned from Barbara Strauch’s wonderful book, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain - http://johnstumor.blogspot.com/2012/02/brain-heresy-middle-aged-brains-are.html
Yes, this is a passion of mine.