Post Surgery Fitness: Tips for Exercise Routine

Post Surgery Fitness: Tips for Exercise Routine

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Post Surgery Fitness demands a holistic exercise routine as an integral part of the recovery

process after going through a surgical procedure.However, it is important to be conscious of the

fact that your body is still recovering and may not be ready take on very

A majority of people recovering from surgical

procedures either shy away from prescribed exercises due to the initial stress

experienced by the body or tend to overindulge in work out regimes in hope of a

speedy recovery. Neither is advisable. The best way to identify suitable

exercises depending on the nature of the surgery is to follow your doctor’s

advice on how to exercise after surgery. The key lies in taking it slow but

being consistent with your work out sessions.

Though the nature and intensity of recommended

exercises varies according to the type of surgery you undergo, there are

certain broad thumb rules that apply to all surgical procedures:A religious walking routine is the first and

most effective post-surgical recovery exercise. You can begin by taking short

walks in the first few days and gradually increase the duration. You must refrain from strength-training

exercises at least for the first four weeks after any surgery, and begin with

light weights – preferably 10 lbs – that too after a go-ahead from your

surgeon.You must steer clear of strenuous exercises of

any form for the first six weeks. Stationary biking, mild jogging, brisk walks,

low-intensity aerobics are good exercises choices for post-surgical fitness.

However, these must be continued only if the patient does not experience any

acute pain or discomfort.Getting Started with Post Surgery Fitness Routine

The best way to learn how to exercise after surgery is to work with the rehabilitation staff at the

hospital. These professionals are trained to help patients adapt to an exercise

routine and monitor its effects. These professionals also chalk out customized

home-based exercise programs for patients, on the basis of how their body

responds to post-surgical exercises done at the hospital.

The broad guidelines for chalking out a home-based

exercise program include:Nature of Activity: This could include walking on a leveled

surface in a natural setting or on a treadmill, using a stationary bike or a

combination of the two.Frequency: Unless you have serious health

concerns, your doctor will advise you to stick to your exercise routine at

least four to five times a week. Duration: The rehabilitation staff and your

doctor will advise you to take it slow in the beginning, and for good reason.

You could be advised to start off with 10-15 minutes of exercise, gradually add

up a minute to your exercise time each day till you hit the 45-minute

mark. Intensity: Intensity of the workout is another

important factor to bear in mind. The amount of strain you put the body through

exercise should be just right to complement the healing process. This is often

determined on the basis of RPE or Rating of Perceived Exertion.Surgery-Specific Exercises for Post Surgery Fitness

Heart surgeries, abdominal surgeries such as

appendectomy and hysterectomy, joint surgeries like knee or hip replacement or

arthroscopic procedures are commonplace in today’s times. Here are some

exercises to watch out for and avoid in case you have undergone one of these

procedures:Heart Surgeries: Whether it is a minor procedure like

an angioplasty or a more extensive surgery like valve replacement, heart

surgeries are indicative of a fragile heart. Such patients should limit their

exercise routine to slow walks and mild stretching exercises. Cardio and

strength training must be avoided at all times, unless recommended by a

specialist.Abdominal Surgeries: No matter how much you despise

the flab around your tummy, you must refrain from exercises that cause stress

on the abdomen for a considerable time after undergoing an abdominal surgery.

Brisk walks, light jogging, and exercises for toning arms, legs and chest

muscles are the most recommended.Joint Surgeries: Physiotherapy exercises are an

integral part of the recovery process in case of a joint surgery. If you choose

to perform exercises in addition to the ones recommended by your

physiotherapist, care must be taken to ensure that these exercises do not pose

any unwarranted stress on the joints. Abdominal exercises like pelvic tilt,

oblique twists, and heel slides are an effective and safe way to stay in shape

while speeding along the recovery process after a joint surgery.Making Progress with Post-Surgical Exercises

Having identified the right exercises to help you with post-surgical recovery, stress must

be laid on gradually making progress in the exercise regime. This can be done

The first step to increase the body’s strength and

ability is to increase the duration of exercise. The objective here is to be

able to go through an exercise session that lasts from 45 minutes to an hour

without causing any unwarranted discomfort.Once you have conditioned your body to complete 45 to

60 minutes of exercise in one session, you can begin raising the level of

intensity. This may include increasing the pace at which you walk or attempting

light jogging. However, do not aim at being able to brisk walk or jog for the

entire 45-60 minutes on the first day. Begin by introducing 2 high intensity

spells of up to five minutes each, and gradually increase the duration.When to Stop

It is natural to experience a little discomfort while

exercising after a surgical procedure; however, it is important to be able to

differentiate between acceptable and dangerous levels of discomfort. For

instance, faster breathing and slightly increased heart rate are considered

normal but breathlessness is indicative of increased levels of stress on the

body. Here are a few signs that must be considered as a red flag:Pain or sense of tightness in the chestBreathlessness and inability to talkBlurred vision and light-headednessAcute pain or discomfort in the surgical areaNausea and vomitingNumbness in limbsExcessive sweatingIf you experience any of these symptoms, it is an

indication that your body is not responding well to your exercise routine. It

is advisable to stop exercising as soon as these symptoms surface and see your

What exercise routine, if any, have you followed for post surgery fitness? Do you have anything to share? Use the comment form below to share your own tips.

This is a guest post contributed by Brenda Panin. She is a regular contributor to several health

and beauty blogs. In her free time she loves to write about new ways to remove

acne scars, how to exercise after surgery and natural ways to reduce wrinkles.

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