Your exercise program should be tailored to your specific needs. One size does not fit all! Your individualized programming is progressive, with measurable milestones which will give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
There are many factors that are important in long-term survival from cancer. They include consuming a heart-healthy diet and regular physical activity.
Don’t stop moving! Exercise has become an important part of a cancer treatment plan. Research confirms that exercising can help you not just survive but thrive during and after cancer.
Research also show that regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health during every phase of treatment. There are no harmful effects on patients with cancer from moderate exercise and in fact, has demonstrated that those who exercised regularly had 40% to 50% less fatigue, the primary complaint during treatment.
It is well known that exercise during chemotherapy can lessen treatment-related side effects, such as fatigue, pain and nausea.”
- Anne M. May, PhD
University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
My Role as a Cancer Exercise Specialist
Prevent, identify, and manage lymphedema
Increase range of motion
Correct postural deviations
Correct muscle imbalances
Functional and Balance training
Improve overall physical strength and flexibility
Reduce pain and fatigue
Design, prescribe and teach personalized programs
Create individualized exercise programming
There is a Process that Needs to Be Followed
As a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, I am trained to take into consideration:
Type of cancer
Surgical procedures and treatments performed
Acute and chronic side effects (including fatigue, compromised immunity, lymphedema, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, nausea)
Exercise precautions and modifications
Cancer diagnosis and it’s treatment are often associated with negative side effects that diminish the quality of life. Overall, studies have consistently demonstrated that physical exercise following cancer diagnosis has a positive effect on the quality of life.”
- Dr. Kerry Courneya
University of Alberta, Canada
Individualized Programming Includes
Postural assessment to determine muscle imbalances that may cause pain and degeneration of the joints
Range of motion assessment to determine limitations in joint range of motion following cancer surgery and treatment
Balance and core stability assessment
Girth measurements to monitor for lymphedema
Personalized program to correct imbalances and prevent future degeneration while helping you to return to your pre-treatment level of strength and fitness
In recent years, exercise has become part of the standard care during the treatment, recovery, and survivorship of cancer clients.
Unique and individualized exercise programming will help to improve your ability to cope with the mental stress and physical side effects following cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Be Fit Be Strong
I love working out with Yvonne! She makes training sessions interesting and varied so I don’t get bored or frustrated, and she always know what routines will work for me at this stage of my life and with this body. Each week I can feel (and see) the progress. Her personal attention, patience, and expertise (and her sense of humor) have been so uplifting to me and have gotten me through a really hard time and into a much happier and fitter place.