Moving For Life™Dance Exercise for Cancer Recovery

woman with arms raisedGentle Aerobic Exercise for Cancer Survivors

Contributed by Beverley Dunn, MBA, GLCMA, MFLCI

The American Cancer Society and American College of Sports Medicine recommend moderate intensity aerobic exercise as beneficial during treatment and recovery, and helpful in preventing recurrence. However, cancer survivors often find it challenging to follow this advice. Traditional exercise programs can be daunting or difficult during recovery, especially when experiencing the unpleasant side effects of treatment or restrictions from surgery or biopsy and energy is limited.

In 1999, Dr. Martha Eddy, an internationally recognized exercise physiologist, researcher, and somatic movement therapist who lost her mother to cancer, worked with a breast cancer survivor and medical advisers to develop a gentle aerobic exercise program that meets the unique needs of those in recovery. Today, Moving For Life™ Dance Exercise for Cancer Recovery is safely enjoyed by men and women survivors of all types of cancer.

“I am thrilled that this joyful and evidence-based program is now available in Cincinnati, my mother’s hometown. Participants have consistently reported that they feel stronger physically and emotionally,” says Eddy.

Class begins with easy, breath-based warm-up and stretching then progresses to exercises that are specifically designed to address all the common side effects before ending with a relaxing stretching sequence. All exercises have standing/seated and intensity adaptations based on individual student needs.

Side effects addressed include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Lymphedema
  • Neuropathy
  • Chemo brain
  • Compromised range of motion
  • Dizziness/nausea
  • Neuropathy/balance issues
  • Osteopenia
  • Loss of strength
  • Depression

Breast cancer survivor, Kathy H. of Anderson Township say’s “Moving for Life is fun and has been an effective way for me to maintain a healthier weight, build strength, deal with side effects of treatment and feel positive. I really look forward to each class because I know that I’ll feel energized and continue to build a stronger, healthier body!”

Classes are now forming and are safe to begin with doctor’s permission, even while in treatment. For more information visit UCHealth.com/IntegrativeMedicine or call (513) 475-WLNS.

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