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Tips For Easing Back Into Exercise After A Tummy Tuck

After a tummy tuck you will probably want to get back to your old exercise habits. Unfortunately, you can’t hit the gym right away. Before you get out those sneakers, try our tips to help you ease back into exercise after undergoing a tummy tuck procedure.

Tips For Easing Back Into Exercise After A Tummy Tuck

  1. Take your time: The important thing to keep in mind is that you just had surgery. Take your time and ease into exercising. Don’t do anything without your Doctor’s permission.
  2. Use the buddy system: In the days following your tummy tuck, you shouldn’t attempt to walk on your own. Work out with a friend or spouse to ensure that if something happens, you’re not alone.
  3. Stay away from your abs: Until you have fully healed around six weeks, avoid abdominal exercises like crunches because they can damage the repaired stomach muscles and skin closure. Once you are completely healed you can begin doing stomach crunches and other abdominal strengthening exercises.
  4. If it hurts, stop: Do not overexert yourself after you’ve undergone surgery. You’ll be able to get back to your normal workout routine in time, but if you push yourself too early, you’re putting yourself at risk. When you exercise, your heart rate and blood pressure increase and can cause bleeding at the site of your tummy tuck, leading to complications.
  5. Watch your meds: Your doctor will prescribe painkillers to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with a tummy tuck. Do not attempt to exercise after taking medication. Painkillers can create a lack of muscle control, which is why some people experience dizziness from this kind of medication, and it can be extremely dangerous to work out while using pain medication.

Easy exercises you can do:

  • Try sitting up on your own and bringing yourself to a standing position. This may seem like an easy task, but in the days following your surgery it will be quite difficult.

  • Keep hunched over until your Doctor gives you permission to stand straight.

  • Take short, slow walks once you feel up to it. Two or so days after your tummy tuck, try to walk around your room. Walking for even a short amount of time helps keep blood clots from forming. Once your body can handle it, take longer walks, but do not walk fast. Maintain a slow and steady pace.

  • Two weeks after your tummy tuck you can try low-impact exercises like stationary cycling gently (no spinning classes) or walking on a treadmill gently.

  • At four weeks you can start going on a stair climber gently.

  • Once you have fully healed (after about six weeks), start with simple pelvic thrusts and leg slides. Then, try crunches, planks and leg lifts. If you are able to handle 10 to 12 repetitions of each, then you can resume your regular workout routine complete with cardio exercises.

After any surgical procedure it is important to give your body enough time to heal. Do not attempt any strenuous exercise until you have been cleared by your physician.

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