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Confusedmom
05-26-2010, 12:59 AM
Doc says yoga and pilates for flexibility, but I'm thinking cardio (want my heart beating well!).

Obviously all of the above would be great, but what would you choose if you have limited time? I've got about three one-hour time slots per week.

Thanks!

LynetteG
05-26-2010, 02:06 AM
I was always told cardio is more important to get your heart in optimum health before surgery.

JenniferG
05-26-2010, 05:01 AM
I thought cardio too. I walked, hard and fast, every day and we kayaked at every opportunity. The last fortnight we went away and we exercised 4-5 hours every day and I felt like I was jumping out of my skin by surgery date. I was even running, for the first time in nearly 20 years. Oddly enough, the fitness took away a lot of my fears. I felt I could face anything. I recommend it to anybody facing the surgery, if they possibly can. (I know not everyone can.) Good luck!

Vali
05-26-2010, 09:03 AM
I was doing a Pilates Class in the am followed by walking for 40-50 minutes and then aquarobics in the pm. About 1 month before, i stopped pilates and aqua, as it was getting painful. I continued to walk 30 mins per day as requested by my surgeon and anaethetist.

debbei
05-26-2010, 12:04 PM
Doc says yoga and pilates for flexibility, but I'm thinking cardio (want my heart beating well!).

Obviously all of the above would be great, but what would you choose if you have limited time? I've got about three one-hour time slots per week.

Thanks!

My Dr. recommended walking, walking, walking. It did well for my body and my brain too.

jesscv
05-26-2010, 01:02 PM
pilates is great for strengthening pre-op. you lose a lot of muscle bulk post-surgery, so i think it's very important to be as strong as possible before going under the knife. pilates is also great for increasing overall strength & mobility post-op, but not for for a few months. walking is the best exercise i found for immediately post-op.