No matter what type of surgery you’ve had, recovery can feel like a long and timely process. Sitting at home being inactive can take its toll on some people, but there are ways to stay active during your recovery. Exercise can help with speeding up recovery and help you feel more positive, as long as you time it correctly and avoid putting your body under any undue stress.
Whether it’s a complex mummy makeover or something smaller, here are some low impact exercise routines to try, just remember not to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
The First Few Days
It’s likely that your doctor will have rules for you to stick to depending on what surgery you’ve had. But for at least the first few days no patient should be physically active.
The First Few Weeks
Following any type of surgery, exercise needs to be gradually increased over a period. As your energy levels begin to return, you can consider going for light strolls which will help with blood circulation for a better recovery. If you find that your energy is coming back slowly, consider different stretches you can perform in your home, just be sure that the stretches won’t affect your area of surgery.
After Breast Surgery
A mastopexy is a cosmetic surgery that makes it crucial that patients get back to a certain level of activity following the operation. However, your surgeon will advise you on what is the best activities to participate in depending on what surgery you had. Running, for example, should be completely avoided as it can offer the breasts a lot of stress.
Low body exercise would be best after breast surgery, lunges, squats and leg presses are perfect examples. Be sure to do them slowly and comfortably to avoid stressing the body. A stationary bike is also a good activity after your body gets more energy back, but you should probably wait a bit longer before considering heavy cardio, keep it light!
It’s important to eat well after liposuction and physical activity should be avoided for the first two weeks. During the third week, to help avoid weight gain during your time off, you can begin light walks and use a stationary bike if it’s available. Compression garments are also needed day and night to help prevent swelling and skin retraction, wearing these during exercise is also important. After two weeks of light workout and a visit to the surgeon for a check-up, you can begin more demanding exercises.
Depending on the amount of liposuction you’ve had and how your body takes to it, depends on the level of exercise you can push to after 4 weeks. Luckily even if you do push it too far, you won’t jeopardize the results of your surgery, it will just cause some minor discomfort.
These are just tips for some of the more common surgeries you can have, it’s always best to confirm your plans for fitness with your doctor. They will know exactly what your body has been through a what it is able to cope with over the weeks following the surgery.