Strong Feels Good
Survival 2 Strength
“Our mission is to help people who have cancer, or who have had cancer, become as healthy as possible through strength training and other physical activity.”
Barriers and Concerns about coming to a gym or starting a strength program.
Time commitment, I was worried about carving out time in an already busy schedule. Now my strength and well being has improved so much the last two years I can’t imagine not going. I love feeling healthier, stronger, and it’s just good for your all around attitude when your physical strength is much better. The big plus for me is my bone density has actually improved after all those drugs and as age creeps up, any improvement is a victory!
Strength Training for Cancer Survivors
Survival 2 Strength is a program with a focus on strength, coordination, range of motion and posture.
Importance of Physical Activity
Every cancer survivor should have a survivor plan, an individualized plan to return to his or her best possible health.
Survivor plans list diagnosis, previous and current treatment, risk factors of diagnosis and side effects of treatments, and a follow up screening schedule.
A cancer survivor (anyone who has or has ever had cancer) may be at a higher risk than the general population for cardiac problems, lymphedema, blood clots, osteoporosis, nerve problems, immobility and imbalance problems, as well as other health concerns.
A person who has had cancer may have great difficulty overcoming barriers to fitness and strength training.
However, physical activity, such are aerobic exercise, flexibility, and strength training, have the same benefits for cancer survivors as they do for the general population: denser bones, improved mood and sleep, more energy- many benefits- including reduced risk of cancer and death from cancer.
I was also worried about injury and what exercises were safe. Instead, working with Clare gave me a sense of hope. She helped me to regain strength and was patient and encouraging in the process. I am so grateful.
In 2015, after 6 months of chemo and a double mastectomy, I was fatigued, weak, and had "chemo brain". Clare helped me accept this "new normal" but also showed me that I could get stronger and feel better by working out with her. Clare encourages me to do what I can at each session, and gives me exercises that I can do at home or on vacation. I very quickly noticed improvement in balance, strength, and stamina, which reinforced that I was indeed on the path to a better, healthier life.