Breast Cancer: 4 Exercises during Recovery

There are a few exercises that are safe for women to do while they are recovering from breast cancer. When starting an exercise program after recovering from breast cancer, always talk to your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to participate. Exercising during recovery may also help to speed up the healing process.

Dealing with all of the stress that comes with surviving cancer may make you feel depressed or tired from all of the treatments and doctors appointments. Exercising is a great way to produce endorphins to make you feel good.

1. Walking

Walking is a great exercise. It’s a good aerobic exercise which can increase the heart rate. If you do not feel like walking at a fast pace, you can easily slow it down and still get some exercise. Walking on a treadmill is great for the winter months when the weather is cold. In the summer, it is great to get out and get some fresh air. Going to the local park to walk is a great idea to enjoy the view.

2. Yoga

Yoga is another great way to exercise. Yoga helps to strengthen muscles without heavy weight-lifting. Yoga is also a great relaxation exercise that may help to calm the mind as well as the body.

There are many yoga videos for sale to exercise in your own home. Signing up for a yoga class is another option. There are benefits of joining a class. You will be able to get out and meet new people, and sometimes it is nice to get out of the house. Plus, you will have a trained yoga instructor there to help along the way.

3. Stretching

Stretching will help to keep all muscles flexible and active. If you are not yet able to start a more vigorous exercise program, stretching is good just to keep the muscles flexible and moving. This will also help to prevent injury once you are able to start a more intense exercise program.

4. Strength Training

Strength training can help to rebuild some muscle that may have been lost during the treatment process. Lifting weights is a great way to start out. You can start out small by lifting lower weights with more repetitions. Eventually, you will be able to work your way up to more weight. Do what feels right, and do not overdo it. Your body is still recovering, and you do not want a set back by injuring yourself.

Remember, you have just conquered a major obstacle. Give yourself time to heal. Do not over do it. Always talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program. It is also a good idea to get a physical before starting. Start off small doing just a little bit everyday, and then work your way up to more intense workouts. If you injure yourself, it will only set you back longer and that is not what you want. Getting out there and starting to exercise again will help you to feel better about yourself and help your body feel better also.

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