Exercise is the best and safest way to improve the appearance of the body. Exercise not only improves your appearance, it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It has also been proven to improve energy levels, sleep, and reduce stress. I definitely recommend implementing exercise into your daily routine, even as much as 30 minutes most days of the week is a great place to get started.
If you’re one of the many people considering plastic surgery, then you need to know exercise is imperative before doing so. By implementing cardiovascular and weight training along with proper stretching into your daily routine, your body will be well prepared for the surgery. This type of conditioning will strengthen your heart, firm your body, and will help quicken the post-surgery recovery. I recommend performing 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular training four to five days a week, at least 30 minutes of weight training three days a week, and stretching five to six days a week. Rest is also an important pre-surgery recommendation. Proper rest will ensure safety and success!
The typical full post-surgery recovery time is around four to six months, although you can begin a 30-minute walking program just a few weeks after the surgery (recovery time may vary based on the type of surgery). Based on your progress, weights and more intense cardiovascular training can be gradually implemented as well. I recommend starting with lower body weight lifting exercises then progressing to upper body after full recovery. Again, around the four to six month time frame, most patients are able to resume their active exercise regimen. Start slow and work your way back up!
Please stay in contact with your physician about the type of exercise you should be undergoing.
February 17th, 2010