I see the last post was answered like a year ago, so i feel a bit stupid answering on this post...
But i found a nice article about lymphedema and exercise, and since i say this post, i wanted to share it with you. It gave me a clearer overview of what exercises i can do with my arm lymphedema.
I also joined Gym for the first time in my life August 2013 when i was off work following Chemo and Surgery. One of the personal trainers has some experience in medical rehab and she recommended not to do repetative movements for long periods such as lifting for an hour etc. She suggested a mix of swimming (changing stroke) and classes particularly Zumba / Step / Pilates etc where all your body is moving which offers the best chance of moving Lymphatic Fluid. I do some lifting but only in 15 min blocks with light weights)
Interestingly if i have my arm down, such as carrying something, it can ache pretty quickly, Ironing also has this effect. (as you can imagine i don't miss ironing).
Lots of info also says not to use Sauna / Steam for long periods so i do just for 5 minutes.
That Gym kept me sane while i was off work and i'm glad to say i've kept up with it. To be fair it has lovely facilities so i swim at 6.30 three days a week and then get ready for work there, it's no hardship.
Take Care Gilly x
I had my lymph nodes removed and have mild lymphodema you shouldnt carry heavy shoping bas and such as many people when they do that carry them on their arm and your putting pressure on the arm with the straps. I have seen reports on the internet that actually suggest that light weight training is actually beneficial for preventing it. I personally keep up my stretching exercises for the arm that I was taught after my surgery and do light lifting during exercise and doesnt seem to flair it up
While you are waiting for some replies from other members, I've attached a link to our publication which I thought may be helpful. There is some information about exercise on Page 19.
Very best wishes