exercise after hysterectomy - when to get back on it?

(4 Posts)
JennyOnTheBlocks Fri 18-Jul-14 09:30:01

Hi everyone

I recently had total abdominal hysterectomy (9 weeks ago)

Before op I'd got my fitness and weight to levels I'd not seen for more than 10 years, could run 10k in 65 mins and lost 3stones 5:2ing.

I'm itching to get back to exercise, I've put on weight and obviously lost muscle tone after basically sitting on the sofa for months.
I can walk at my normal speed now, and increasing my distance slowly, but daily. Yesterday I walked about 3 miles, was exhausted and needed a sleep after, but boy it felt good!

Anyway, I'd like some tips on the most gentle way of getting some tone into my arms/upper body without too much strain on my abdomen and core.

I'm not a strong swimmer, and when I do swim I use breast stroke, which isn't too great for the lower half of my body.

I'm a massive Jillian Michael's fan, but know her work-outs are too strenuous yet.

Thanks for reading

JennyOnTheBlocks Sat 19-Jul-14 09:12:07

Anyone or are you all down at the gym?

grin

brainwashed Sat 19-Jul-14 19:19:31

I had a hysterectomy last year. I started walking as soon as I could and very gradually built up the distance. From 6 weeks post op I started swimming. I didn't even attempt to run at all until 12 weeks post op and then gradually walk run. Only when I was back running properly did I do anything formally about my core/strength. It does take a long time but if you're patient you'll avoid injuries and get back to full fitness. I am stronger,faster and lighter now than I was preop. Good luck :-)

JennyOnTheBlocks Sat 19-Jul-14 20:16:49

Thank you, yes I've been walking with the dog, he's quite pully so only a mile or so but did almost 2 miles walking pushing DGS in the pushchair yesterday and did 3 miles the day before that too.

I'm going to start on the c25k again I think, as I did break into a very short slow trot today, and although nothing hurt, I'm very aware of not pushing too soon.

Thanks for reassurance about running, it seems. So long since I did any exercise, and I really nip it, mentally as well as physically.

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