Fitness and Exercise with an Ostomy

Fitness and Exercise with an Ostomy

By Ayush Henry

Fitness and Exercise with an Ostomy

Exercise is necessary to maintain healthy lifestyle and avoid weight gain. But for someone with an ostomy, it also helps to prevent developing parastomal hernias. One of the greatest benefits of exercise is the ‘feel good’ factor. It will not only boost your confidence but also the ability to cope with your stoma and quality of life. If you’re new to exercise, talk with your doctor before starting any fitness program and build up slowly. Your healthcare professional will initially refer you certain kinds of exercises that he wants his patients to engage in.

Walking

For endurance, walking is an excellent exercise. It is an ideal choice and can be as gentle or brisk as you want. After your surgery, along with getting your bodily systems moving, it will help in recovery as well. Begin slowly and work up to a longer distance and at a brisker pace. Empty your ostomy pouch before you begin. Walking also help reduce the possibility of constipation and is a great stress reducer. Before you begin, give some support to the pouch with support garments. Get recommendations from your health care provider for better details to accomplish this.

Jogging

Fitness and Exercise with an Ostomy

Jogging is a great exercise and for this you do not have to change your current ostomy system. Your current ostomy pouch will work. If comfort and security is your major concern, you could try mini-pouch. Prefer wearing an ostomy belt to keep the appliance in place. It will also drastically reduce the bouncing. Drink water before, during and after the session.

Yoga

Fitness and Exercise with an Ostomy

Before starting yoga (after surgery), consult your physician. It is a great way to relax mind as well as a gentle way to strengthen body. Pranayama or any other breath yoga is helpful for complete body and spirit. This can be very helpful in recovering the body after treatment and gaining the strength back. Yoga heals on cellular level, and deep breathing assist in rejuvenating cells. It will also improve your posture, strength and flexibility which might have been affected after surgery and bed rest. Gentle stretches and movements likewise get the blood moving in body, which can help in recovering from surgical treatment.

Gym

Fitness and Exercise with an OstomyFitness and Exercise with an Ostomy

Avoid any lifting for at least 12 weeks after surgery. Following your doctor's advice is crucial, but it does not lead to the conclusion that you cannot exercise ever again. You can begin the strength training with extra caution. Start the session targeting large muscles group like legs and upper torso. Go easy on yourself and do just a few repetitions. Take plenty of rest between sets. Keep yourself hydrated during workout and eat well afterwards. Benefits will be visible if you are consistent. Lifting creates considerable abdominal pressure. An Ostomy belt is a must in this situation to diminish risks of injuries and parastomal hernias.