Exercise is an important component to promoting optimal health. Many people incorporate exercise into their daily routine to keep healthy, release stress, or build strength. After surgery, it is important for those who typically exercise to continue doing so. However, post-operation is an important time for healing and one must be aware of their limitations when it comes to going back to hitting the gym.
For those who have had breast implants, there are special precautions to take when it comes to exercising post-surgery. It is best to consult with your surgeon as to their recommended timeframe for when you can get back to your exercise regimen. Typically, you should wait at least 10 days to do any exercise and only do light, lower body exercises during the first four weeks after surgery. The following are 7 tips to exercising with breast implants:
- Heed Your Body’s Warnings
- Be Cautious of Your Pectoral Muscles
- Limit Exercises That Involve Your Shoulder Joints
- Try Low-Impact Exercises in Moderation
- Concentrate on Your Lower Body for a While
- Stay Warm
- Consult Your Doctor
Depending on the size of your implants, the extra weight may affect your body differently than it did before. This could cause pain in your neck or back. If this pain should occur, it is important to adjust your workout.
Any stretching or exercises that have an impact on your pectoral muscles is strongly discouraged during the first few months post-surgery. This also includes no heavy lifting or weight training. Moving forward, do these exercises with caution and again, heed your body’s warning signs.
Sports such as tennis, golf, or volleyball and exercises that involve kettlebells should be avoided early on and then approached with caution. Eventually you will be able to return to all of these activities.
Exercises such as walking or cycling may help to promote healing. In addition, it may be a good time to try yoga or Pilates instead of lifting weights or running.
Exercises that are encouraged are those that involve the lower body. Try squats, lunges, or other leg exercise. Even some core-strengthening exercises are recommended as long as they are executed with caution.
Some women who have had breast augmentations or reconstructions have complained of feeling colder. Therefore, if you are exercising outside, it is important to layer up to keep warm.
Before getting back into any type of exercise regimen, consult with your doctor. Together, you can formulate a workout schedule that promotes healing and is specially catered to your recovery.
After your breast implant surgery, you may be eager to get back into your exercise routine. This is understandable and you should be able to do so as long as you proceed with caution and follow the above 7 tips.