LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for people of all ages and backgrounds. GoingÂ through a diagnosis and various forms of treatment can take a serious toll on aÂ person both physically and emotionally. LIVESTRONGÂ® at the YMCA focuses onÂ you – the whole person – not the disease by providing support and guidance to helpÂ rebuild and gain strength.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week program for adult cancer survivorsÂ that meet twice a week for 90 minutes. YMCA instructors work with eachÂ participant to fit the program to his or her individual needs. The instructors areÂ trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.
The program focuses on:
- building muscle mass and strength
- increasing flexibility and endurance
- improving confidence and self-esteem
In addition to the physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA provides participantsÂ a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors,Â YMCA staff, and members.
The program’s ultimate goal is to assist participants in developing their ownÂ physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, notÂ only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.
The program is FREE for those who qualify, with program costs underwrittenÂ by the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, St. VincentÂ and Oncology Hematology Associates.Â Space is limited for each session to allow for low instructor-to-participant ratio.Â Preregistration is required.
Here’s what participants are sayingÂ about the program:
- “The best thing for me is the laughter.”
- “I can’t believe how much stronger I am.”
- “Alone I was scared to exercise, really scared. Now I have confidence and IÂ CAN DO THIS.”
- “The thing I like most about the program is that it is like a support group, butÂ the main focus isn’t cancer. It’s fitness. With this program, cancer comes upÂ in conversation, but it isn’t front and center. We’ve all dealt with it and areÂ willing to share our experiences, but we don’t dwell on it.”