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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Dec;18(6):689-92. doi: 10.1188/14.CJON.689-692.

A review of nia as an exercise option for cancer survivors.

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1
Healing Care Program, ProMedica Flower Hospital, Sylvania, OH.
2
College of Nursing, University of Toledo, Ohio.
3
ProMedica, Toledo, OH.
4
School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Abstract

Nia is a fusion fitness program that blends elements from the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, creating a workout that is adaptable to all ages and fitness levels. As a nontraditional form of exercise, Nia integrates body, mind, and spirit as well as the five sensations of flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability. Nia incorporates both cardiovascular and whole-body conditioning and is adaptable to those with a sedentary or active lifestyle, making it useful for the varying abilities of cancer survivors. Oncology nurses are in a key position to educate individuals with cancer on the benefits of exercise, such as improved physical functioning and quality of life, and decreased cancer-related fatigue. The purpose of this article is to familiarize oncology nurses with the potential benefits of Nia for cancer survivors.

KEYWORDS:

complementary and alternative therapies; exercise; survivorship

PMID:
25427703
DOI:
10.1188/14.CJON.689-692
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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