Key Benefits of Exercise After Surgery

To stay healthy or to improve your health it is recommended that you should exercise three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.  We know that sometimes this can be difficult to fit into your already busy lives, but just getting off the bus one stop earlier and walking briskly to work will give you more benefits than what you may think.

Exercise is for good for you, it’s free, easy and you immediately start to feel better.   Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  It can also reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

If you are having a cosmetic procedure it is a great idea to get you and your body in the best, most positive outlook.  It will help speed up your recovery and aid a smooth operation.   During your consultation with a Linia surgeon, you will talk about your health, lifestyle (including exercise, drinking and smoking) and any medical history and conditions that you may have, including medication and supplements.  Your Linia surgeon may ask you to make some lifestyle changes before surgery, for example smoking.  It is ideal if you can quit 2-4 weeks before the surgery and at least 2-4 weeks after the surgery.  Smoking does not allow the body to heal properly and therefore it is wise to try and quit or use the electronic cigarette.

If you enjoy exercise, one of the key aspects to your recovery after an operation is the ability to return to it.  However, depending on your treatment this may differ and your Linia surgeon will devise a safe exercise plan that will not jeopardize your results.  However, we thought we would just write some general rules about exercising after your operation.

The First Few Days after Surgery

You should not be overly active for the first 48 hours following their surgery, rest and recover.  Its important to take it easy.

The First Few Weeks after Surgery

Patients may gradually increase their activity level as they feel their energy level coming back. Depending on the type of surgery, it may take 1-2 weeks to return to normal energy levels throughout the day as your body heals and recovers from the surgery. For those who are anxious to return to exercise, light cardio activities like walking are recommended. The goal is to not elevate the heart rate too high while still experiencing the psychological effects of exercise.

Six + Weeks after Surgery

Depending on your type of surgery and how well you are recovering, six weeks is usually the length of time surgeons ask you to do just light exercise.  After this period of recovery, it is generally normal for you to return to your old exercise regime.  However, before you do so, please speak to your Linia surgeon and check that you can.

Exercising makes you feel and look great.  So dust off those trainers and start an exercise regime today!