Fit For Survival

Call (970) 569-7493 or email fitforsurvival@vailhealth.org to consult with an oncology-certified exercise physiologist: Sarah Giovagnoli, MS or Erin Lepper, MS.  

The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week or 30 minutes five times per week, of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity exercise to decrease the recurrence of cancer, and to improve overall cancer survival.

The role of physical activity in prevention of any cancers is well known, as is the role of exercise in decreasing treatment side effects, speeding recovery after cancer diagnosis, and enhancing survival. Benefits of exercise include increase in bone density, decrease in treatment related fatigue, improved strength and muscle mass, increased range of motion, as well as physiological benefits. Exercise prescription is now considered standard of care for oncology patients during treatment and for survivorship.

Shaw's exercise physiologists conduct fitness assessments and develop customized exercise programs that meet individual's needs and goals to get "Fit for Survival."  Participants in the program are instructed in aerobic conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility to increase fitness and overall well-being.
 
The Fit for Survival program or the Spirit of Survival comprehensive wellness program is made possible by the generosity of participants and donors of Pink Vail. 

Fitness Classes

COVID-19 Update: As a precautionary measure during COVID-19, many of our classes have been temporarily suspended. View the available class schedule.
 

Gentle Yoga For All 
This gentle, introductory level yoga class is designed to increase flexibility, balance and overall well-being. This class is designed four our cancer patients and survivors. We will meet individual needs and offer modifications for those new to yoga.
 

Meditate and Stretch 
This yoga class incorporates simple meditation and breath work with gentle movement. The meaning of the word yoga is "to unite" and the intention of this class is to cultivate a connection of body, mind and breath.

Pilates 
Our gentle Pilates mat classes focus on developing core strength, improved posture, and balance. Students learn to be aware of breathing patterns and spinal alignment while engaging the deep muscles of the core throughout a range of exercises. Various props (e.g. flex bands, foam rollers, rings, light weights, and balls) are often used to enhance the workout. No previous Pilates experience is necessary.

Strength Training
Learn how to safely strength train in a positive, encouraging environment. All are welcome from any fitness level and all adult ages. We will build on the exercises each week and every week there will be a new and different workout. Learn proper form and repetition pattern, gain fitness as you learn technique. Class meets weekly.

Stretch and Relax 
The Stretch and Relax class focuses on slow stretches and the opening of tight muscles to restore and rejuvenate. The focus of this gentle class is working inward to unite mind and body, while also increasing flexibility, balance, and an overall sense of deep relaxation. The Stretch and Relax class emphasizes integrating the mind, body, and spirit, and is open to all levels. With a focus on breath and quieting the mind, this slower-paced class ranges from gentle stretches to balancing exercises, and also includes opportunities for meditation. Come learn to relax and unwind in a supportive environment.

Restorative Tai Chi  
Using the principles of taijiquan, this gentle class emphasizes movement designed to assist each individual in making a mind-body connection. This class also focuses on increasing the participant’s strength, balance and flexibility. Throughout this hour class, movement is used to address physical, mental and emotional well-being.