Skip to main content
Member working out during Livestrong program

Cancer survivors get free support, physical activity with LIVESTRONG

Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. And cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships can have on their quality of life. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on you – the whole person – not the disease. The free, 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes. Traditional exercise methods ease you back into fitness and help you maintain a healthy weight.

You'll focus on the following:

  • Building muscle mass and strength
  • Increasing flexibility and endurance
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem

You'll also learn about wellness, stress-reduction techniques, and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended. Just as important, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community – a safe, comfortable place to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.

​No one experiences cancer in the same way. Participants come to the program with different physical challenges and lifestyle goals. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA provides you with individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas you need to rebuild. There's no competition here — physical activities are tailored to match your abilities.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA staff have been specifically trained to work with cancer survivors and patients and follow American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society exercise guidelines. They're exercise experts who can understand the unique physical needs and concerns of participants and help address them safely. They're relationship builders with the empathy and ability to connect with and develop relationships with and among cancer survivors and their families. 

To learn more and to sign up, visit: https://www.clevelandymca.org/livestrong-ymca-program-cancer-survivors