A review of nia as an exercise option for cancer survivors

Debra Reis, M. Eileen Walsh, Tisha Jones, Stacey Young-McCaughan

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-692
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014



  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Exercise
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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Reis, D., Eileen Walsh, M., Jones, T., & Young-McCaughan, S. (2014). A review of nia as an exercise option for cancer survivors. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(6), 689-692. https://doi.org/10.1188/14.CJON.689-692