After undergoing a tummy tuck, the body needs plenty of time to recover. The procedure is intensive, which means you need to ensure the body is given enough time to rest to fully heal. Returning to exercise too early could damage the results, particularly the muscle repair.

If you are keen to get back to exercise after a tummy tuck, here you’ll discover everything you need to know before you do. From how soon you can exercise, to tips on getting back to it, read on to learn what to expect after the procedure.

After a Tummy Tuck – How soon can I exercise?

While you will likely be desperate to get back to exercise and maintain your new, trimmed physique, it’s important not to get back into exercise too quickly. You shouldn’t return to exercise for six to eight weeks after surgery, depending upon the extent of the procedure.

Your surgeon will let you know how long you need to avoid exercising after the procedure. You will be provided with a list of aftercare instructions to help speed up recovery and get the body back to its pre-surgery fitness level.

Never start exercising until you have received the go ahead from your surgeon. If you get back to it too early, you could risk developing complications, as well as lengthen the time it takes to recover.

Get back into exercise gradually

Above all else, you’ll want to make sure you are getting back into exercise gradually. Not only have you had a lot of time off, but you have also been through a major surgery. So, take it slow and do small workouts to start. Classes and personal trainers should be avoided for the initial 6-8 weeks restarting exercise. You should gradually build up aerobic exercises such as swimming, gentle running and very light weights at your own pace.

Modify your exercises if needed

You’ll also want to modify the exercise you do. Avoid strenuous abdominal workouts, planks, squats, and pull-ups. When you do exercise, if you lift weights make sure you switch to lighter ones.

Overall, waiting until the body is fully healed before you exercise is vital to enjoying a safe recovery. To book a tummy tuck or learn more about getting back to exercise after the surgery, contact Mr Paul Tulley today.