Physical fitness and support for people dealing with cancer
For people going through cancer treatment or recovery, the thought of working out may seem overwhelming. But, physical exercise has been proven to have multiple benefits for people with cancer, including:
- Improved cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength
- Less fatigue, pain, and nausea
- Improved ability to perform everyday tasks
- Better mood and less anxiety
- Reconditioned lymph systems that may have been compromised by surgery or radiation
- Increased focus on recovery and wellness
For these reasons, the Littleton Family YMCA offers CancerFit®, a program developed by the Cancer Fitness Institute that provides cancer-specific exercise instruction and encouragement for people who have been affected by cancer, whether they have been newly diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, or are in remission.
CancerFit provides not only a structured workout environment, but also a support group of people who understand the challenges of cancer and what each member of the group is going through.
“This is not like a regular workout class,” says trainer Matt Flick, who is certified through both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Cancer Fitness Institute.
“This is a positive community of people who understand and care. The class builds strength and it gives people strength.”
How It Works
CancerFit is a three-month program, and classes meet twice a week for one-hour sessions. Each class begins with a warm-up and stretching, followed by cardiovascular work and strength training with weights. Workouts are customized to each participant’s fitness level and stage of cancer treatment or recovery.
Sessions are currently forming at the Littleton YMCA at 11 W. Dry Creek Ct. Littleton, CO 80120
The fee is $95 per month and includes full membership to the Littleton YMCA.
For more information and to register, contact Matt Flick, Member Experience Director, at 303 797 9622.