Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Post-op: Getting back into shape

One of the things women in the later stages of postop recovery often ask on our message list is when and how they can resume or begin an exercise program to really get back into shape. That's a very good question because we definitely lose conditioning when we're inactive during early recovery and yet we need to return to physical activity in a manner that does not damage our healing.

Sadly, many surgeons, unless they have a personal interest in fitness, are not the best individuals to advise us. They will tell us to gradually increase our activity and avoid putting too much stress on our abdominals, but beyond that, unless they practice a sport themselves, they may not know what does or does not particularly require midbody strength.