Exercise classes

Exercise classes

Research has found that exercise is an effective medicine for people with cancer. People with cancer who exercise regularly have fewer and milder side effects from their treatments. 

Regular exercise can help to:

  • Improve wellbeing & quality of life
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve sleeping patterns
  • Improve strength & fitness
  • Improve physical function
  • Manage pain
  • Manage nausea
  • Maintain & build muscle mass
  • Prevent weight gain
  • Preserve metabolism
  • Maintain bone health
  • Reduce depression & anxiety

The purpose of the Life Now Exercise program is to introduce exercise in a safe and supportive environment and to empower people to manage their own physical activity.

  • The Life Now Exercise program is for people who have been diagnosed within the last two years, are currently undergoing cancer treatment or who have completed cancer treatment in the last two years. Carers are eligible to attend with the patient.
  • Some eligibility criteria applies. Program contraindications include the following health conditions: bone metastases (cancer in the bone), severe anaemia, neutropenia or other acute illness.
  • The program includes a 1-hour class twice a week for 12 weeks, and is facilitated by an accredited exercise physiologist. Each participant must obtain medical clearance before an individualised program is designed for them by the exercise physiologist. (Please note: there is a fee for the initial assessment. Participants may receive a rebate from Medicare; this is dependent upon their GP and/or private health care fund.)
  • So we can help more people to experience the benefits of exercise medicine, participants are invited to attend one 12 week term only. 

Interested in participating in a Life Now Program?

To express interest in participating, complete the Life Now Expression of Interest form or you can talk to a cancer support nurse by calling 13 11 20 and selecting 'speak to a nurse'.

Upcoming Life Now Exercise classes

Term 3 2019
Life Now Exercise classes are currently underway for Term 3 2019.

These classes include: Balga, Bentley, Bunbury, Canning Vale, East Fremantle, Floreat, Joondalup, Leederville, Mandurah, Midland and Rockingham.

Term 1 2020

The next term of Life Now Exercise will commence in February 2020.*# 

Classes locations and dates will be released in December 2019. Please subscribe to the Life Now e-newsletter to be informed of future classes by emailing lifenow@cancerwa.asn.au.

* Details are subject to change and minimum numbers are required.
# Registrations close two weeks after the start date. Please subscribe to the Life Now e-newsletter to be informed of future dates by emailing lifenow@cancerwa.asn.au.

Cancer Council's Publications and Resources

Click here to view 22 different exercises that you can try at home. These videos are produced by Cancer Council NSW.



For a copy of our Exercise and Nutrition DVD or Exercise for People Living with Cancer booklet please click here


Other cancer-specific exercise programs

Exercise Medicine Research articles