Posted by: Sam | 2006/04/12

Exercise after tummy tuck

I had a tummy tuck and breast lift three weeks ago. Everyone says that after 3 weeks one can exercise again 'moderately', but nothing that involves the abdominal muscles until 6 weeks afterwards. I am racking my brain for a form of 'moderate' exercise that does not involve the abdominals but everything I did before was designed to target that area so I am pretty lost. Walking is about the only thing mentioned specifically - is there anything else one could do??

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Hi Sam

Yes, walking is good, cycling, running and perhaps swimming. Of course, it is true that any exercise does use the abdominal muscles, but these activities far less than a dedicated session of pilates, situps and core training. So I think that for a couple of weeks, you may need to change your normal routine - try swimming, cycling, walking, maybe some light jogging, and then in about 4 weeks, you should be just about ready to resume normal events.

Good luck

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