The KISS Exercise Method Ideal for Cancer Patients

Research by American Cancer Society supports the idea that KISS exercise is a key component to ensuring a cancer survivor live the best possible life. Clinical evidence has established that exercise is beneficial for prevention, pre-habitation and treatment

Basic Guidelines for KISS 

The KISS method, including four primary components—kinesiology, interview, strength and support—is a framework to help guide cancer survivors who are looking for direction in reaching their goals, while also keeping safe, which ultimately will keep them coming back to their fitness plan.  

Patients should get in touch with specialized professionals for best result through KISS method.

Learning More About KISS Exercise Method

1. Kinesiology:

This involves observing how the clients move. Is their gait slow or compromised? What does their posture look like? How do they sit or stand? Observe how clients perform simple functional movements such as squats, step-ups, full overhead reaches, or elevated push-ups. 

2. Interview:

Get information beyond a PAR-Q+ (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone). Interviews of patients include information about the client’s cancer such as type, location, and treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery). It is critical to know if the client is experiencing current side effects related to cancer treatment. Not making assumptions and getting specifics about the person in question will help the trainer make appropriate exercise modifications and program adjustments. Document and investigate medications and their side effects. 

3. Strength:

it is important to understand that individuals may be physically weak due to de-conditioning, uncertain about what they should or should not do, and expect guidance from you to achieve their fitness goals. Cancer survivors may have a deep need to feel strong physically and mentally and could potentially rely on health and exercise professionals for support with this. Resistance exercise is a crucial component of KISS. Benefits include a reduction in de-conditioning and improved function, metabolism, independence, and survival. Individualized client support will ensure the proper level of intensity and correct form and he or she will see and feel physical improvement. 

4. Support:

The importance of this component cannot be overstated, and the survivor needs to be provided reassurance and guidance both physically and emotionally. When exercise is included in the treatment plan, survivors often thrive, and encouragement from the health and exercise professional is an important component as energy levels fluctuate. Personal guidance on how to modify physical activity is important. Other factors include surgical limitations, neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and/or feet), scar tissue, and joint aches. Helping alleviate fears and uncertainty will keep survivors coming back to the gym even when they aren’t feeling their best.

Above all focus on Healing the person in front, rather than his or her cancer.


The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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