LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for people of all ages and backgrounds. Going¬†through a diagnosis and various forms of treatment can take a serious toll on a¬†person both physically and emotionally. LIVESTRONG¬ģ at the YMCA focuses on¬†you – the whole person – not the disease by providing support and guidance to help¬†rebuild and gain strength.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week program for adult cancer survivors¬†that meet twice a week for 90 minutes. YMCA instructors work with each¬†participant to fit the program to his or her individual needs. The instructors are¬†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 participants¬†a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors,¬†YMCA staff, and members.
The program’s ultimate goal is to assist participants in developing their own¬†physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not¬†only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.
The program is FREE for those who qualify, with program costs underwritten¬†by the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, St. Vincent¬†and Oncology Hematology Associates.¬†Space is limited for each session to allow for low instructor-to-participant ratio.¬†Preregistration is required.
Here’s what participants are saying¬†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 I¬†CAN DO THIS.”
- “The thing I like most about the program is that it is like a support group, but¬†the main focus isn’t cancer. It’s fitness. With this program, cancer comes up¬†in conversation, but it isn’t front and center. We’ve all dealt with it and are¬†willing to share our experiences, but we don’t dwell on it.”