Women who opt for breast augmentation surgery tend to be those who take a lot of pride in the appearance of their bodies. It is no surprise then, that women who undergo this procedure are also those who have regular workout routines. In fact, many women who are athletes undergo breast augmentation because there are certain types of cardio exercise that cause women to lose fat in areas where they’d rather keep it!
The following are a few tips on how to work out after getting breast implants
Give yourself time to recover
As much as you might like to get back to your regular exercise routine right after breast augmentation surgery, it is important to give your body time to heal. Failing to do this could cause the implants to shift or may even result in bleeding. Don’t ruin the results of your surgery because you can’t stay away from the gym!
In most cases, your doctor will recommend that you refrain from all work for a least a week following the surgery and avoid any strenuous activity for at least three to six weeks.
Go to your follow-up appointments
The best way to know whether you are ready to start working out again is to talk to your doctor. During your follow-up appoints, your doctor will monitor your progress and see how quickly your body is healing.
Since every woman heals differently, this is the best way to know what types of activities you can safely resume.
Light cardio and lower body
After three weeks, most women should be able to do light cardio and lower body workouts. It is important that the activity you choose, does not shake your implants or cause you to flex your pectoral muscles. At this stage, scar tissue is still forming around the implants to hold them in place.
Choose activities like walking or spinning.
Upper body and weight training
Activities such as weight training, push-ups, etc. put the most strain on the chest and should be abstained from for at least six weeks following the surgery.
Since these activities have the most potential to cause you complications, you should speak to your surgeon before resuming them.
One of the reasons why so many women want to get back to their workouts as quickly as possible, is that during the first week of recovery, they may start to feel “lazy” just lying around, eating and watching the latest episodes of your favourite show on Netflix.
Here is a fact, to ease your mind. Following a surgical procedure, your metabolic rate increases. That means that even though you are giving your body much needed rest, you are burning extra calories anyway.
So go ahead and enjoy being pampered during your recovery. In a matter of weeks, you will be back to your old routine, but for now, listen to the advice of your surgeon and take care of your health and your new breasts. The gym will still be there when you are fully recovered.