In the past, the recommendation for total rest was the standard protocol for most women after breast surgery and during treatment. However, current research suggests otherwise. Regular exercise is an important part of being as healthy as you can be. More and more research is showing that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence) if you’ve been diagnosed, as well as reducing the risk of developing breast cancer if you’ve never been diagnosed. Exercise has also been found to improve quality of life both during and after cancer treatment.
As with any exercise program, you should always consult your doctor first. The Pink Ribbon Program is specifically dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive body image to all breast cancer survivors. It will help stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back, and abdominal muscles, allowing you to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery. This program is suitable whether your surgery was recent or several years ago and accommodates all fitness levels.
Benefits of The Pink Ribbon Program include: increased mobility, quality of life, cardiopulmonary function, lean muscle tissue, and bowel mobility; improved mood; and decreased pain, cancer related fatigue, nausea, adverse weight gain, edema, and stress.
I adhered to the principles of The Pink Ribbon Program during my recovery, and I cannot imagine where I would be physically had I not practiced Pilates. Recently, I attended the training and certification for the program.
Here is a look at some of my breast cancer journey…
If you would like more information about the program, please contact me.