The Long Road to Cancer Recovery is Shortened with Exercise

Surviving cancer is a momentous achievement. But for many, the fight is not over when treatment ends. Returning to functionality is a long process that involves both the mind and the body. Stronger Ever After, a new program designed by The J specifically for cancer survivors can help with both aspects at the same time.

“We created a holistic program, specifically geared towards cancer survivors,” said Jeff Levy, certified personal trainer at the JCC. “The program will help develop strength in the body and in the mind for taking the next steps on the road to recovery.”

Current research shows that physical activity can play a role during and after cancer treatment, as long as the patient has the energy for the exercise. One study, by Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK, showed that two and a half hours of exercise a week could lower a breast cancer patient’s risk of dying or cancer recurrence by 40 percent.

The American College of Sports Medicine developed guidelines for cancer survivors that are very similar to their guidelines for average Americans. They concluded that benefits from regular exercise can be found in breast, prostate and hematologic cancer survivors.

Levy himself is a cancer survivor. After completing chemotherapy in 2014, he decided to earn certification as a health coach in order to take what he learned and use it to help fellow cancer survivors on their own journeys.

In his career as a personal trainer, Levy has trained a wide range of clients, from beginning exercisers to Olympic-level athletes. He is trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Exercise Physiology, with a focus on Mindful Exercise.

“After receiving such great care from my physicians and so much encouragement from the membership in the JCC weight room this year, I’m really looking forward to being able to give back to the community,” said Levy.

Stronger Ever After will meet on Mondays and Thursdays, April 4-28, from noon-1 p.m. For more information or to register, call 502-238-2727.

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