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Exercise and Nutrition After Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast Cancer: Goals for Exercise continued...

2. Choose an exercise you enjoy.

The best exercise for you is the one you'll stay with and enjoy -- and one that's safe, given your type of breast cancer surgery. Start with brisk walking. Or try using a stationary bike so you can sit upright without leaning on your arms. Other exercises that don't require you to put weight on your arms include tai chi, qigong, or gentle or restorative yoga. Later, add more vigorous exercise that uses your arms more. For example, you might try running, swimming, cycling, hiking, more vigorous styles of yoga, and other aerobic exercise.

3. Work up to 30 minutes, five days a week.

Progress slowly and safely in the months following surgery. Eventually, you may be able to work up to the American Cancer Society's general guidelines for cancer prevention (30 minutes, five days a week), unless your doctor has advised against it based on your age or medical condition.

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on May 18, 2013

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