Exercise Therapy

Moderate exercise, as you are able, can help you sleep better, feel better, and move better. Premier Health offers these programs to help you throughout your cancer journey.

Exercise Programs For People With Cancer

Miami Valley Hospital South, hosts an Oncology Exercise Program for people in every phase of their cancer journey, including treatment, recovery, and survivorship. Taught by an exercise physiologist and registered nurse, our group classes are held at a variety of times in the Wellness Center at Miami Valley Hospital South. We start with an initial assessment and physical fitness testing. We ask about your goals and create an individualized treatment plan that incorporates a variety of aerobic exercises, strength training, balance, and stretching. Our group classes provide guided exercise in a friendly, fun atmosphere. We require a physician referral to participate, but if you call us directly, we can reach out to your physician. To learn more, call (937) 438-7880 or email [email protected].

Atrium Medical Center offers a 12-week Cancer Wellness Program. Within a group setting, certified instructors tailor classes to meet participants’ individual needs and abilities. We provide you with pre- and post-program assessments to measure your muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, and body composition. Class size is limited to 12 people. You will need a physician referral and may start the program at any time, as long as the class is not full. You’ll meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 - 6 p.m., at the Atrium Medical Center Cardiac Rehab Gym on the second floor of the Atrium Medical Center Professional Office Building. Call (513) 974-5669(513) 974-5669 for more information.

Premier Health hospitals also offer an Oncology Exercise Program through Maple Tree Cancer AllianceThis program focuses on exercise and nutrition to help you gain strength and confidence. It is available at Miami Valley Hospital South and Upper Valley Medical Center. For patients at Upper Valley Medical Center, Maple Tree Cancer Alliance classes also are offered at the Robinson Branch of Miami County YMCA, 3060 S. Co. Road 25-A, Troy, Ohio.

In addition, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a 12-week program to improve strength and conditioning exclusively for cancer patients. See times and locations for:

Healthy Steps

Also known as the Lebed Method, Healthy Steps is an internationally renowned exercise and movement program designed to aid in the physical and emotional recovery of patients with cancer and cancer survivors. 

Healthy Steps helps restore range of motion, enhance physical and emotional balance and reduce swelling from lymphedema. The classes are set to music and designed for sitting or standing. The program has been found to be beneficial for people with cancer and other chronic conditions, including arthritismultiple sclerosisParkinson diseasefibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also beneficial for senior citizens. 

The program emphasizes improving your emotional self and enjoying the experience. All fitness levels are welcome. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the Atrium Medical Center fifth floor Rehabilitation Gym. Call (513) 328-5473(513) 328-5473 to make a reservation to attend or email [email protected].

Other Movement Classes for People with Cancer

Miami Valley Hospital South also offers water exercise, qigong/tai chi, and yoga for people with cancer. To learn more, call (937) 438-7880(937) 438-7880 or email [email protected].

Water Exercise

This warm water class is designed to reduce pain and stiffness, increase muscle strength and endurance, and improve balance and coordination. The class meets at St. Leonard CHI Living Community in Centerville. Call (937) 438-7880(937) 438-7880 to verify your eligibility.

Qigong/Tai Chi

Research shows that for cancer patients, Tai Chi and Qigong may provide numerous benefits, including reducing fatigue, boosting immune function, reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, improving quality of sleep, and overall improving quality of life. Both Tai Chi and Qiqong emphasize relaxation as you perform slow body or posture movements. Classes are taught at Miami Valley Hospital South.

Oncology Yoga

This program is designed specifically for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Certified instructors present sessions in a group setting but will tailor the yoga moves to meet your individual needs and abilities. Classes are offered at Miami Valley Hospital South and by appointment at other locations.

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Contact Us

Our cancer team is here for you. Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our patients benefit from advanced local care backed by the world-renowned expertise of the nation’s leading cancer center. 

Call the Premier Health cancer hotline at (844) 316-HOPE(844) 316-4673 (4673), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with a Premier Health cancer navigator.