Exercise

 

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 physical capabilities and needs. We offer a special workout space equipped with treadmills, dumbbells, exercise balls and bands 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 your 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, your physical abilities will change and we will be here every step of the way to help you adjust.

Your Exercise Consultation

At your initial exercise consultation, your Cancer Exercise Specialist will talk with you about your specific goals from an exercise program. The conversation will include, but is not limited to, your needs at work, home and in everyday life. Our goal is to make you as comfortable and healthy as possible during treatments, surgery, and survivorship.

Individual testing may include:

  • Cardio function
  • Flexibility and range of motion
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Special tests may be given depending on your diagnosis or treatment

The tests and consultation are very simple but 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 you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

To schedule a My Care visit, contact us at (319) 558-4876(319) 558-4876.

Exercise Options

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 Specialist 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 AM to 1 PM

Group Exercise Classes can be found on our event calendar or by calling (319) 558-4876(319) 558-4876 for more information. Classes are for everyone, from avid exercisers to those who have never used a weight machine before.


Barre Above is a full body workout with a medium emphasis on lower body and core. No dance or ballet experience needed. The class is intended to help achieve long, lean muscle tone, like a dancer.


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 basic yoga movements 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. It helps with symptoms of health issues including hypertension, anxiety, chronic fatigue, arthritis, vertigo, clinical depression, and chronic pain.


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. The instructor will also implement cardio components.


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.


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.

Support Groups That Move

Our exercise classes offer more than just a chance to break a sweat – they offer a chance to make a friend. Students come to class looking to regain some of the strength their cancer stole from them. In doing so, these classes serve as the perfect place to share stories and find the support every survivor needs. Find your “support groups that move” by attending one of our exercise classes today.

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