Top Tips for Post Surgery
Benefits of exercising post surgery can be enhanced by following these Top 5 tips
1. Do regular deep breathing exercises these can:
- Help combat the effects of a general anaesthetic and/or painful wound which make taking deep breaths and coughing difficult.
- Deep breathing exercises and coughing can help clear phlegm and prevent chest infections.
2. Keep active and try gentle walking in the early days which can:
- Prevent chest and urine infections
- Enhance wound healing
- Decreases the risk of developing blood clots
- Increase and maintain your strength, fitness and endurance.
3. Give yourself enough time to heal
- It is normal to feel more tired than usual following surgery so take lots of rest
- Focus on muscle groups further away from the surgery site
- Out in more cardio as you feel ready
- Be creative ask for advice in the gym or from a personal trainer for ways to hit different muscles without overly strenuous weightlifting or motions
4. Set realistic goals
- Don’t be discouraged by slow progress this can be a normal part of the healing process
- Follow your surgeon’s advice they know what they’re talking about but do question the recommendations if you feel they don’t take into account your situation. Everyone is different and it is better to agree a realistic plan for returning to exercise rather than designing your own because you don’t agree with their advice.
5. Stretch and stretch some more
- Be extra disciplined to stretch before and after workouts.
- Tight or uncomfortable scars can be alleviated by massaging and leisurely with cocoa butter or similar.