5 Tips for Exercising with Breast Cancer

Exercise is beneficial to your body, period. However, surgery to the breasts may affect how well and how comfortably you can move your arms and shoulders, or go about your daily activities such as bathing, driving, and so on. Pain and stiffness can cause limitations to those areas, but exercises can help you restore movement and decrease any side effects of the surgery, helping you get back to your usual activities! Here are five tips for exercising after breast cancer treatment: 1- Slowly improve your stamina, and the rest will follow: Stamina is basically your energy level, and is augmented by exercising on a routine basis. Your body will slowly adapt to the increments in effort and with time, you will be able to exercise for longer periods of time. 2- Focus on mobility exercises for your shoulders and chest: This tip is mainly to address tightness of the chest and scarring lesions. Mobility exercises for the upper body are a must. Talk to your physiotherapist to have a better idea on which exercises are most suited for your surgery. Watch this video to learn some techniques. 3- Go for some core strength exercises: These exercises works well when you feel more active working your shoulders and chest, to help build your strength from the inside out. This is good for your upper body and stamina, key points in recovering from breast surgeries. 4- Balance and movement are key: Because of the potential side effects of chemotherapy, your coordination might be imbalanced. Each case is different, so if you feel kind of “off”, focus on some balance improvement, like taking up yoga or pilates, for example. Slowly improve your body balance and you’ll find yourself improving your coordination. 5- Find a gym or personal training suited to your health and environ
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