Fitness Program

Look forward to a wide range of benefits, including improved overall health, when you join the Courage in Motion fitness program. 

Courage in Motion

Courage in Motion is designed for people currently receiving cancer treatment and those who received treatment in the past year. A loved one or family caregiver can join at the same time. Exercise may reduce the risk of cancer coming back. Plus, your fitness group offers friendship and support. 

Free Program

There is no charge for this program. Courage in Motion sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center and Ames Racquet & Fitness Center (ARFC). 

Benefits of Fitness

Regular exercise during and after cancer treatment can help:

  • Improve physical abilities
  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase independence
  • Lower the risk of falls by improving balance
  • Lower the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • Maintain or enhance self-esteem and mental health
  • Reduce treatment side effects

What to Expect

When you participate, you receive:

  • Six-week session at Mary Greeley
  • 12-week membership to ARFC
  • Access to exercise classes, including indoor cycling, Pilates, aqua fitness, and yoga, led by a certified instructor

Your six-week Courage in Motion session includes:

  • Exercise classes held on the floor of the medical center’s south tower. Meet other participants in the main lobby and wait to be escorted to the class. Your class is taught by an exercise physiologist with Mary Greeley’s Rehab & Wellness Department.
  • Water class in the Rehab & Wellness therapy pool in the lower level of the Medical Arts Building. Participants will meet at the Medical Arts Building.
  • Support group meetings

Weekly Sessions at ARFC

After your six weeks at Mary Greeley, you have the choice to continue weekly sessions at ARFC. They start with a 15-minute meet and greet then 45 minutes for the exercise class. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you want. Exercise sessions do not require any previous fitness experience and can accommodate various skill levels.

Request an Appointment

The Cancer Resource Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 515-956-6440.

Request an Appointment

Talk to a Nurse

Call our 24/7 First Nurse phone line to speak with a medical professional and get advice right away.