The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan

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Designed by a doctor of Harvard Medical School, this breast cancer recovery plan is expertly designed for restoring energy, confidence and wellbeing after cancer treatment. This book outlines effective, inspiring workouts tailored for each type of surgery and adapted for differing fitness levels.

Key Features:

  • Tailored exercise programme for effective recovery after breast cancer.
  • Workouts can be adjusted to different fitness levels.
  • Suggested routines for every type of treatment, from mastectomy to Latissimus Dorsi Flap Surgery.

Regular exercise has profound benefits for health and wellbeing. This still holds true when you’re in recovery from cancer, when your body is feeling exhausted and fragile and exercise might be low on your to-do list. Sticking to a light exercise routine, even just a few minutes a day, can help reduce stress, improve sleep and even boost energy levels. However, it can be difficult to know which exercises are safest and most effective when some parts of the body are more vulnerable than others.

The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan is a thoroughly researched and thoughtfully put together guide for finding your way back to health and wellbeing after cancer treatment. It utilises progressive workouts to gradually build strength and resistance at a comfortable but effective rate. It patiently outlines the facts and reasoning behind each of the suggested programmes so that the reader can choose the best exercises for them from an informed perspective.

But will exercise really help? In short, yes! Exercising regularly can help with energy levels, mobility, muscle strength and emotional wellbeing, all factors commonly struggled with during recovery. By sticking to an appropriate routine and a diet of balanced nutrition, it is possible to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve all around health.

This book was put together by Carolyn M. Kaelin, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, founding director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. She is a surgical oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and a leading researcher in quality of life after breast cancer.

Please note, you should consult a Dr before undertaking strenuous exercise.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education (31 Aug. 2006)
  • Product Dimensions : 19.56 x 1.63 x 23.62 cm

I had this book out of the library first, and got on with it so well that I decided to buy one, as the library were wondering if they were ever going to see it again! The content is broken down into easy to use sections. The explanations are clear and concise and supported with good, obvious photos. You only need to read through the descriptive a couple of times before you're using the photos alone. It's easy to dip into the sections you need as the exercises are grouped, depending on the type of surgery you've had. Thoroughly recommended,as it has the balance just right. I do have a similar book, but don't use it as there's too much narrative. 

This is the only book I've found since my surgery that really told me what I could do, how I should do it and when. Filled the gap between the great medical treatment and nonexistent rehab support. Would recommend to anyone recovering from breast cancer treatment. T explains exactly what has been done and how it affects you. 

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