Fitness and exercise

What is it?

Having cancer affects your physical health in many different ways. Whether your aim is to maintain your regular exercise regime or to build up a program, you are improving your chances for a positive outcome.

It is widely believed that the most effective exercise programs have three main elements:

  • An aerobic workout that pumps up your heart rate and increases blood flow eg walking, light jogging, swimming, or biking
  • Strength training to tone and build muscles e.g. lifting light weights or working with a machine circuit or resistance bands
  • Stretching to keep muscles and joints supple e.g. yoga and Pilates

Common exercises include:

  • Walking
  • Yoga, Pilates, tai chi and stretching
  • Swimming, water aerobics
  • Biking (stationary or outdoors)

How will I improve my fitness?

If you need a personal trainer or would prefer a supervised clinical environment, Under the Canopy can provide the solution:

ExerScience Clinic -

The ExerScience Clinic provides medically monitored exercise rehabilitation services to those who have had a cancer diagnosis and aims to reduce the impact of treatment-related side effects, improve physical function and enhance overall wellbeing. All exercise is individually prescribed and is performed under a high level of supervision.

How are fitness and exercise beneficial?

How are fitness and exercise beneficial? Regular exercise can enhance and strengthen your wellbeing in a number of different ways.

When should I begin exercise regularly?

Try your best to begin exercise as soon as possible. Recent research has found that exercise in those who have had a cancer diagnosis is beneficial not only post-treatment to improve health outcomes, but also prior to, and during treatment as it helps to prevent the decline of physical function without increasing fatigue. Research also indicates that patients with advanced cancer can benefit from regular exercise to improve quality of life by maintaining independence and wellbeing.

How are fitness and exercise beneficial?

Regular physical exercise has the potential to improve health outcomes and quality of life across almost all chronic health conditions.

Research shows a moderate level of fitness can: 

  • Reduce treatment symptoms – including cancer-related fatigue, pain and nausea
  • Increase the tolerance of your heart and lungs for exercise
  • Build your strength by improving muscle quantity and quality – necessary to stay mobile
  • Increase your flexibility and balance lowering the risk of falls and breaks
  • Reduce stress and anxiety enabling you to cope better
  • Increase the release of endorphins – the happy hormone
  • Boost your immune system
  • Enhance your body image, composition, self-esteem and mood
  • Improve blood flow lowering the risk of blood clots
  • Reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions – like heart disease. In combination with conventional care, recent research in breast and colorectal cancer survivors has indicated that exercise has the potential to reduce the relative risk of cancer recurrence and cancer related mortality by up to 50%

(References: 1Holmes, 2005. Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis; 2Meyerhardt, 2006. Physical activity and survival after colorectal cancer diagnosis; 3Galvão, 2005. Review of exercise intervention studies; 4Mishra, 2012. Exercise interventions on health‐related quality of life for cancer survivors.)

What will the consultations cost?

The ExerScience Clinic offers you the flexibility to choose to attend one-off exercise sessions, or inclusive programmes that are flexible around your treatment and symptoms. The costs for these services vary to suit your needs – For details about the services visit: Click here to view the Programme.


Depending on the terms of your policy, you may find that your private health insurance will cover all or part of the associated costs. Please contact them directly to find out more.

Appointment Costs:

(incl GST)
Follow Up
(incl GST)


(Saskia van
den Ende, Eleanor
Aalia Desai,
Jaimee Brown)

20-30 mins  
$250 - $500*

DEXA scan
for body
60-120 mins Supervised

$80 per session
or $720 for
a 10-visit
concession card
45-60 mins

*Initial assessment includes medical history, analysis of risk factors and a full assessment of your cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength.

ExerScience programsPrice (incl GST)Number of sessions
The Kickstart $1250 - Initial assessment
- 3-month gym membership
- Final assessment
The Basic $3100 - Initial assessment
- 36 exercise sessions
- Final assessment
$2250 - Initial assessment
- 18 exercise sessions
- Final assessment
The Works $3400 - Initial assessment
- 36 exercise sessions
- Final assessment
$2550 - Initial assessment
- 18 exercise sessions
- Final assessment


The ExerScience Clinic

The team at The ExerScience Clinic are all qualified Clinical Exercise Physiologists (CEP’s) who specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification for the prevention, management and rehabilitation of chronic conditions/injuries.CEP’s complete a post-graduate degree which equips them to accurately assess clinical signs, symptoms and measurements. Based on that information they can then prescribe safe and effective exercise programmes designed to restore health in those with existing medical conditions and reduce the risk of future health problems.

Eleanor Nattrass

Jaimee Brown

Saskia van den Ende

Aalia Desai