If you’re dedicated to working out, then you know that breaking your exercise routine just doesn’t feel right. For many women who undergo breast augmentation surgery, their biggest question is “When can I get back to the gym?”
There’s no one right answer for everyone. Exercising after your breast augmentation surgery hinges on your body’s ability to recover. Surgery is a trauma to the body, after all, and pushing the body too hard without giving it ample time to rest is only going to work against you. Your body knows when it’s capable of working out, and if what you’re doing doesn’t feel right, you shouldn’t do it.
In general, though, you’ll probably be off your feet for at least a week. It’s best not to push yourself too hard within that week, either. Ideally, you’ll have someone at home to look after you while your body recovers. Walking around the house is fine, but going back to work so quickly may not be a good idea.
In the second week, you might be ready to kick things up a notch. You definitely don’t want to do anything that will put strain on your pectoral muscles or cause any painful, uncomfortable pressure or bouncing. But you’ll likely be fine to take a brisk walk outside or even participate in spin class (though, even then, you should take it easy).
In the third week, you might be ready to start in on your regular exercise routine again, but with some caveats. You still don’t want to put excess strain on your pectoral muscles, but you’ll be able to start working your waist and legs again. Low-key exercise like meditative yoga should be fine. If you ever have hesitations about what feels right, call our office and talk to Helene Salopek, our nurse. She has decades of nursing experience
And in four weeks, most restrictions will likely be lifted. You’ll still have some adjusting to do, however, especially if you’re used to swimming and running. Make an investment in new, properly-fitted sports bras to ensure that you get the support that you need.
If you’re still not ready to get back to your routine, that’s fine. Every body is different, and your body will let you know when it’s ready for intense exercise. This recovery period is a great time for you to try alternative exercises that will put less strain on your new breasts and your pectoral muscles. Give yoga, tai chi or pilates a shot. You’ll work new muscles and protect your body in the process.
While you might not be in love with the idea of taking time off from your workout routine, remember: breast augmentation is an investment in you, and you should do everything you can to get the most out of that investment. If you’re conscientious and careful, then you’ll get the best results with the least amount of discomfort possible after your procedure.
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