Alberta Cancer Exercise

Alberta Cancer Exercise

An evidence-based exercise program designed specifically for individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. Open to all cancer survivors over the age of 18 who are capable of low-to-moderate intensity exercise.

Benefits of cancer recovery exercise

Evidence has shown that exercise is a great aid in cancer therapy and recovery. Classes can help increase strength, limit swelling, and reduce pain. They can also keep you involved in life, improve your mood, body image and self-confidence.

Workouts take place in a supportive environment where modifications are made based on energy levels for that day. Your fellow participants are also survivors – they know what you are going through.

Types of cancer recovery exercise classes

You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling

Fall registration for cancer recovery exercise classes is now open.

Winter registration for cancer recovery exercise classes will begin Nov. 29, 2022:

  • Online - please note updated time: 6 a.m. (online waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.)
  • In person: at any City-operated ​Aquatic Recreation facility or Arts Centre during posted business hours
  • By phone: Call the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (press option 1) - 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday

About our fitness instructors

Our certified instructors have additional training in exercise for cancer survivors based on research from The University of Calgary Health & Wellness Lab.

What are classes like?

Most classes are offered in a variety of circuit formats, with each individual following the specific exercise modification that is best for them. These modifications take into consideration limitations based on treatments, surgeries, etc. Classes also include wellness topics and education components. Classes are based on research from the University of Calgary Health & Wellness Lab.

Come prepared

Please bring:

  • A water bottle
  • Clean, indoor athletic shoes that have not been worn outdoors

Pre-screening is required through the Health & Wellness Lab at the University of Calgary prior to registering - call 403-210-8482 or email Individuals that have experienced a change in their health or fitness status must be re-screened through the Health & Wellness Lab.

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