Adult cancer survivors have a new program available to them through local YMCA centers and the LIVESTRONG program to help reclaim health and fitness. The LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA is offered for free to help turn around the effects of the disease, which take a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected.
According to the National Cancer Institute, chances are that someone you know, maybe even you, will be diagnosed with cancer during a lifetime. The numbers may seem shocking – one out of two men and one out of three women.
The good news is that figures show the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis reached nearly 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected to rise to almost 19 million by 2024. Coping with cancer, and the return to normal life, is more manageable with a network of support. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors, while emphasizing a survivor’s health, rather than the disease.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12 week program with free membership at the YMCA, reintroduces participants to a variety of physical activities in a safe and supportive environment. Activities include: weight training, cardiovascular exercise, water aerobics, yoga, and Pilates. YMCA LIVESTRONG instructors are trained to meet the needs of cancer survivors with exercises and supportive care, and work with participants to develop a program that meets their specific needs.
Research shows that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity reduces fatigue, boosts self-esteem, improves muscle strength, and increases physical endurance in individuals after cancer treatment.
Cancer survivors are encouraged contact one of the YMCAs offering the LIVESTRONG program. Check below for locations, next session schedules, and possible late sign ups.
Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA
616.363.3000 6555 Jupiter Ave Ne, Belmont, MI 49306
September 13 – December 1, 4:30 – 5:45pm
September 13 – December 1, 11:00am – 12:15pm
Lowell YMCA (616) 897-8445
35 YMCA Drive Lowell, MA 01852
January 11 – March 30, 2016 (Mondays/Wednesdays), 5:45 – 7:00pm
January 11 – March 30, 2016 (Mondays/Wednesdays), 10:45am – 12:00pm
September 12 – November 30, 2016 (Mondays/Wednesdays), 5:45 – 7:00pm
Spartan Stores YMCA
616.885.5500 5722 Metro Way SW Wyoming, MI 49519
September 27 – December 15, 3:00 – 4:15pm