Major surgery will have many after effects on the human body and you will need to allow your body the time it needs to start to heal before you begin to exercise. What type of surgery you endure will affect how long you need to wait, but the general rule is to rest immediately succeeding the surgery and gently work your way back into a routine, as your body begins to repair itself. Many claim that the fitter you are prior to surgery, the quicker your body will heal and your doctor will be able to advise you about what exercises you can do before and after your surgery, as this will vary depending on the type of surgery needed.
For example, if you have had heart surgery then it is important to create a light-moderate exercise plan two-four weeks after surgery but you should avoid lifting heavy things. This means exercises such as walking and playing light sports are preferable over weight lifting or fast running.
Walk, Walk & Walk
Check out the top three health benefits of walking after major surgery:
2. Strengthens muscles
3. Improves flexibility
Walking encourages your circulation to pump nutrients into your blood and around your soft tissue, and it also drains harmful toxins. It will strengthen your muscles in the torso, hips, legs and feet and the stability of the spine will be improved as the surrounding muscles will be conditioned into a vertical position. Walking will stretch your muscles, ensuring you will improve your range of motion and this can help to avoid future injuries and surgery.
Exercise with a Professional
It is also a good idea to work alongside a physiotherapist, who will be able to provide advice and assistance in the initial post-surgery period.
Don’t Push Too Hard
Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
• Pain in the affected area
• Blurred vision
• Excessive shortness of breath or sweating
It is important to avoid pushing your body too hard, as it won’t be strong enough and increasing your exercise intake slowly each week is the best way to ensure you don’t put your body through too much stress.