Post-Op Body Image

As a clinician, I am told while treating on the daily how difficult breast cancer treatment can be and how it leave’s one feeling uneasy about one’s body image. That is is why in 2009, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania wanted to look at the effect of a year-long, twice a week strength program for people who had gone through breast cancer, to see if it improved their quality of life, self-confidence and body image. Before the exercise program, everyone in the study had similar scores of body image and self confidence, but after the study those who had done twice a week strength training for a year experienced a 12% increase in body image, self-confidence and self-esteem, whether or not they had lymphedema as opposed to the those who didn’t participate in the exercise, and didn’t see any significant changes in their body image. Not only that, but their physical health had improved, their strength had improved, and their quality of life had improved. Across the board, those who exercised twice a week reported feeling good about themselves and carried that happiness forward in their day to day life, and were better able to do the things they loved. A little bit of exercise can go a long way in terms of regaining your confidence and feeling more emotionally strong.  Seeing a registered kinesiologist for a fitness assessment can be a great step forward in getting you back to feeling good again. Book here for a fitness consult.