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May 22

What are you doing to prepare for your surgery?

 

This is your fight – prepare for it. Use the time you have before surgery to exercise. Exercise is a great way to get ready.

 

Although there’s not a lot written about exercise as a way to prepare for surgery, many surgeons say it’s useful. The more fit you are before surgery, the easier your recovery is likely to be.

 

Surgery is hard on your body!  Even easy, routine things like getting out of bed or going to the toilet can be a challenge after surgery. Having strong core & lower body muscles will keep you feeling more solid on your feet.   You’ll be able to get out of a chair more easily or reach for something and keep your balance.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, “Additional positive outcomes of exercise training can include improved lean body mass and balance, with resulting reduced risk for falls and subsequent fractures.” [1]

 

Strength = stability & mobility
Strength = fewer falls

 

Exercise can also ease the understandable anxiety you may feel before your surgery. The rhythmic breathing can help to calm you, and the endorphins your body produces will give your spirits a lift. Besides improving mood, regular exercise can also help you sleep better – always important when you’re feeling stressed.

 

Use the time you have before surgery to get in the best shape you can! Be strong and stay strong. Get out and walk, go to the gym, ride a bike, swim, or even dance. Do whatever you enjoy. Just move!

 

The American Cancer Society and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days or more per week.  You can break up the 30 minutes into several, shorter exercise segments, say 10 minutes 3 times during the day.  If 30 minutes is too much for you, start with less, but get moving.

 

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References

  1. ^ Brown JK, Byers T, Doyle C, et al. Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment: an American Cancer Society Guide for Informed Choices. CA A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, CA Cancer J Clin, 2003;53, p.277.