Nobody expects you to move mountains; a quick return to your regular exercise routine after surgery is not only impossible – it is dangerous. However, controlled exercise can truly help with a speedy recovery. In order to engage in exercise properly and according to the type and scope of the surgical undertaking, you have to seek advice from your surgeon and a professional trainer. Of course, true responsibility lies in your hands, which means you need to familiarise yourself with the essentials of safe exercising after plastic surgery.
Start with a simple walking
No matter what sort of surgery you’ve been through, your first exercise session should be simple walking. Since you are familiar with your neighborhood, you can plan a fairly reasonable route that is as long as your body can bear.
Even if you feel you have quite enough energy to proceed further, and maybe make a bigger circle around the block, it is crucial to stop and return home – there is enough time in the weeks ahead for longer routes. What might feel like an easy walk right now might have painful consequences later? If the situation is the other way around and you feel weak and overwhelmed with pain after only a quarter of your set route, it’s advisable to have someone from your family or your friend on call to drive by and pick you up.
Chores are a valid exercise
If you are home-ridden after an operation, you can use the “excuse” of slowly tidying up your household to exercise. After the first week of recovery, you will probably regain enough strength to start lifting those utensils and dishes. Cleaning the shelves with a wet mop and washing dishes are a valid exercise for the time being. Do you best to avoid lifting items that are heavier than 2 kilos. This also means you should be especially careful when you’re pushing or pulling various items. If you start perspiring or the pain becomes persistent – i.e. it won’t stop after five seconds – you should stop with your homely activities.
Specific programs can put you on a healthy regimen
Of course, you can hire a personal trainer if your financial means allow it. The best thing you can do is to put yourself on a very specific exercise program for people who are recovering from plastic surgery. This can put you on the road to health and keep you safe from injury. Also, you should consider non-invasive procedures like coolsculpting in Perth that do not require additional exercise if you are recovering.
Every minute counts
When you are exercising after the surgery, every minute counts and you need to arrange it evenly throughout the day. The smartest strategy to get the best results without straining your body too much is to break the aerobics down to as many micro-exercises per day as possible. During your third week of recovery, for example, you can have five-minute aerobics exercises, five times a day. During your fourth week, you can change it to ten-minute exercises four times a week, and so on. If you draw up a plan, be sure to show it to your dedicated medical professional or a surgeon who was responsible for your surgery and get their approval.
A matter of sex
Most people are required to abstain from sex at least three weeks after a serious surgery. Some people have to wait even more, especially if it’s too painful after the first try. It is crucial to discuss positions with your partner and try to find the one that will minimize the likelihood of pain for you. The bad news is –sex will likely be uncomfortable for at least a couple of months, but that too shall pass.
As you gain confidence through gaining strength, your recovery will become much easier and you’ll be up and running as your old self in no-time. The key thing is to watch that line and avoid going overboard. If you don’t trust yourself with respecting the set parameters, you can involve other professionals and spend most of your time in controlled surroundings, like a gym.
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