If you were used to never missing a gym day or jog before your tummy tuck, you’re probably itching to get back into the swing of things after your procedure.
But there is a right and a wrong way to go about it. Keep these must-know tips in mind for being active after your tummy tuck.
Don’t Rush Recovery
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure, so there will be some downtime as you recover. Even if you’re feeling great, follow your plastic surgeon’s physical activity limitations to avoid complications.
Fortunately, advancements in surgical techniques have helped to improve recovery time. Talk to your plastic surgeon about how a drain-free tummy tuck can make recovery easier.
[pullquote]Trying to rush through your recovery will backfire and end up taking you longer to get back to your regular routine.[/pullquote]
Start with Low-Intensity Workouts
When your plastic surgeon gives you the okay to start working out again, start slowly. Avoid exercises like crunches and sit-ups that directly target your abdominal muscles at first, and start with light exercises like walking, light jogging and yoga.
Gradually Get Back to Your Regular Routine
Work with your plastic surgeon to gradually introduce more intense workouts and longer durations of exercise into your routine. Listen to your body, and if it’s telling you that a particular exercise is too difficult just yet, scale it back until you feel more comfortable.
Keep Your Diet in Check
A healthy diet and a great workout schedule go hand-in-hand. Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains and drink enough water.