Exercise for health
There is a clear, proven link between exercise and improved physical and mental health.
The benefits associated with exercise for people with cancer include:
- Decreased treatment-related symptoms
- Improved physical and mental well-being
- Lessening the effects of cancer-related fatigue
The exercise segment of our cancer care was created to meet a wide range of wants and needs. We offer a special workout space equipped with treadmills, dumbbells, exercise balls and bands, and more, in either group settings or individualized programs. We are always here to help guide you in your physical wellness journey.
Our Cancer Exercise Specialist evaluates each person entering the program and develops an individualized exercise plan for them. Together, you and our Cancer Exercise Specialist will identify exercise goals based on your unique needs and limitations. As you go through the different stages of treatment and survivorship, these needs will change and we will be here to help modify your exercise accordingly.
Your journey to wellness does not happen alone. Your support team, whomever that may be, is an integral part of your wellness journey. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to attend your individual exercise sessions or classes! Click here for more information on Caregiver resources.
Your initial exercise consultation
At your initial exercise consultation our Cancer Exercise Specialist with talk with you about your specific needs and wants from an exercise program. The conversation will include but is not limited to your needs at work, home and everyday life. Our goal is to make you as comfortable and healthy as possible during treatments, surgery, and survivorship.
You will be tested for:
- Cardio function
- Flexibility and range of motion
- Special tests may be given depending on your diagnosis or treatment
The tests and consultation are very simple but it allows us to see areas of need or concern. It also allows us to assist you in setting personal goals. The entire appointment lasts about 45 minutes. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Open gym time
Open gym is a time to exercise and socialize with other wellness participants and caregivers. Feel free to use the various fitness equipment and workout at your own pace. The Cancer Exercise Coordinator will be there to help answer any questions and assist with equipment use.
Open gym times:
- Monday 11 AM to 1 PM
- Wednesday 11 AM to 1 PM
- Friday 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Meditation is a mental exercise that helps you find relaxation, inner peace, creativity and inspiration as well as emotional and physical balance. It is not a part of any religion. It is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. Once you learn the technique it can be done anywhere and anytime. Call (319) 558-4876 to learn more about our classes and schedules.
Group exercise classes
No skills required. Come as you are! Call (319) 558-4876 to learn more about our classes and schedules.
Pilates with cardio
Patient quote: “Andrea does a great job keeping the class relevant for each of us. It is a great workout! A++++ for emotional support!”
Pilates is a safe, sensible, mind-body exercise that is appropriate for individuals of all ages and conditions, including cancer survivors. Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even alleviate back pain. The instructor will also implement cardio components.
Patient quote: “Lisa is wonderful; she adapts the class to all ages and ability.”
Yoga is a great form of exercise for cancer survivors. It systematically works the entire body building foundational strength. Yoga is a physical exercise that also helps reduce stress and create inner peace. Taught by an experienced yoga instructor, individuals of all abilities can experience easy, supported stretches for the body and soothing stillness for the mind along with learning breathing techniques and guided imagery for deep relaxation.
Chair Yoga Basics
Patient quote: “Thanks for chair yoga! It enables me to do yoga stretches without losing my balance, it’s great!”
Chair Yoga Basics is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. This class teaches the basic yoga movements or asanas, and breath work, while helping to develop the mind body connection. It is a great practice for everyone, but is particularly beneficial for those who may have difficulty getting up and down off the floor. Participants will learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. All yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. It helps with symptoms of health issues including hypertension, anxiety, chronic fatigue, arthritis, vertigo, clinical depression, and chronic pain just to name a few.
Patient quote: “Gerry is knowledgeable, passionate, considerate and very giving of himself. This class is one of the best things I do for me.”
Tai Chi is a martial art that blends ancient Chinese exercises for physical, mental and spiritual development with fighting techniques. Tai Chi and related traditional Chinese therapeutic exercises have been used by people wishing to improve their health, those seeking spiritual perfection and others wishing to enhance their fighting skills.
Integrative Wellness options
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