Ex­er­cis­ing after breast can­cer

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Rou­tine ex­er­cise is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of a healthy life­style. Ex­er­cise can help peo­ple main­tain healthy weights, re­duce stress and lower their risk for var­i­ous dis­eases.

After sur­viv­ing breast can­cer, many sur­vivors won­der if it’s safe to re­turn to the ex­er­cise reg­i­mens they fol­lowed prior to be­ing di­ag­nosed. Breast can­cer sur­vivors can ben­e­fit from ex­er­cise, but it’s im­por­tant that they pri­or­i­tize safety when work­ing out.

Sur­vivors who have had breast can­cer surgery may be at risk of lym­phedema, a con­di­tion char­ac­ter­ized by swelling of the soft tis­sues of the arm, hand, trunk, or breast. That swelling is some­times ac­com­pa­nied by dis­com­fort and numb­ness, and some peo­ple deal­ing with lym­phedema also ex­pe­ri­ence in­fec­tion.

Breast­cancer.org, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about breast can­cer, notes that some ex­er­cise may be es­pe­cially risky for breast can­cer sur­vivors. These ex­er­cises in­clude: swim­ming laps us­ing strokes with arm move­ments pos­si­ble, or that it’s likely to take a while be­fore you feel like your old self again. Take a grad­ual ap­proach, al­low­ing your­self to build strength and not ex­pect­ing re­sults to ap­pear overnight. Em­pha­size form. Place a great em­pha­sis on form when ex­er­cis­ing after sur­viv­ing breast can­cer. Many breast can­cer sur­vivors un­dergo surgery as part of their treat­ments, but even those who did not should still pri­or­i­tize proper form when ex­er­cis­ing, even if it means lift­ing sub­stan­tially less weight than you might have prior to your di­ag­no­sis. Don’t per­sist through pain. If you feel any pain upon re­turn­ing to ex­er­cis­ing, stop im­me­di­ately and speak with your physi­cian and sur­geon prior to ex­er­cis­ing again. Rest be­tween ses­sions. You likely won’t be able to ex­er­cise on suc­ces­sive days any­time soon, but build off days into your rou­tine so you can rest and re­cover.Ex­er­cis­ing after sur­viv­ing breast can­cer can pro­mote re­cov­ery, but sur­vivors must be ex­tra care­ful as they work to get back on track.

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