“How do I get into the program?"
The only thing we require you to do to join the FitSTEPS for Life® program is to obtain a referral from your physician saying it is safe for you to exercise. We prefer that you commit to coming at least three days a week. Please schedule an initial appointment to ensure that you receive a personally designed exercise program.
“What exactly will I be doing?”
In FitSTEPS for Life®, your personal program may include treadmill walking, light weight lifting, stretch band training, stretching, and Swiss ball exercises. Exercises are tailored to each patient according to fitness level, needs and goals. You will be exercising with cancer survivors who have experienced the same physical and psychological challenges that you have. They will inspire you to perform and achieve new activities you may have thought impossible.
“Who will be working with me at the center?”
The FitSTEPS for Life® program is conducted by professionally trained Exercise physiologists, kinesiologists and nurses.
“What if I had cancer 10 years ago?”
All cancer survivors are eligible for the program regardless of the time of diagnosis. Participants range from those who are just beginning cancer treatment to those who have been in remission for many years.
“Can I bring someone with me who doesn’t have cancer?”
Absolutely! We encourage all participants to have an exercise partner. Partners can include spouses, children, friends or caregivers. However, we do require that these participants also get a doctor’s referral, and no one under the age of 17 is permitted.
“Will I have to pay?"
NO! Services are provided to participants free of charge by the generous support of individual donors, foundations, grants and physicians. Although we do not ask for payment from our participants, we will accept any donation.
“Where are all the centers?”
CFFL has centers in several communities in the Dallas metroplex and throughout East Texas. Please check on this website under “Locations” for specific information on each center.
“Will this program still help me if I’m in treatment for cancer?”
Yes! When your body undergoes stress from cancer and cancer treatment, there is a shift in the way it is able to store and use energy. Thus, activities that were once easy may now seem much harder. This must be understood when attempting exercise. The intensity of exercise should match how strong you feel. Your ability to do certain activities may vary day to day, especially when you are undergoing treatment. You should focus on the positive things you are doing for your body with exercise rather than what you used to do or what you think you “should be doing.”
“If I am already fatigued, won’t exercise just make me more tired?”
This question is not uncommon. The answer is NO; not if it is the right type of exercise at the correct intensity. The “right exercise” is of moderate intensity and would promote endurance without over exertion. The word “exercise” can seem intimidating and often brings images of running or heavy weight lifting. The phrase “no pain, no gain” does not apply at CFFL. Research shows significant improvement in energy, muscle mass and endurance from utilizing light, but regular (at least three days a week) exercise, even during treatment and recovery.