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.

Spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer programs, classes and day camps:

  • Feb. 22 - Summer day camp schedule preview
  • March 5 - Summer day camp registration
  • March 7 - Program and class schedule preview
  • March 12 - Program and class registration
  • March 14 - Certification registration

Ensure your Live and Play account is ready on registration day by logging in and verifying your information is up to date. Get ready to register.

Registration will open:

  • 6 a.m. — Online (virtual waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.).
  • 8:30 a.m. — By calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1).
  • During business hours — At any City-operated Aquatic & Recreation or Arts facility.

Types of cancer recovery exercise classes

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

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.

More fitness classes

Learn how to set up an account, register for programs and find information on cancellations in the help section of Live and Play.