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Do you stretch after exercising? How necessary is stretching?

Research indicates that stretching before exercise does protect against muscle injury. Fitness experts have debated this for years, but a paper was recently presented describing a study on the cellular level of mice. If the muscle was stretched first, gentle “passive” stretching, then special injury-preventing cells showed up among the muscle fibers. It’s best if done just before vigorous exercise.

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While trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, do you have a support group to help cheer you on?

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, fitness and wellness goals can be daunting. Trying to achieve those goals can be especially discouraging after a hysterectomy. Many HysterSisters have found it helpful to have a support group to cheer them on as they work towards their fitness goals post-op, and many of them have found that support group in our post-op fitness forum: Hysteritaville.

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How did you resume exercise following your hysterectomy?

When returning to exercise after your hysterectomy, you need to be very cautious. Before you begin, be sure to check with your doctor.

Some have more extensive surgeries than others do, and your doctor will know what is right for you. It is a good idea to start walking as soon as possible after surgery. Most hospitals will not allow you out if you don’t walk. Walk as much as you can while still in the hospital. When you arrive home, plan to rest.

The next day you should have a space blocked out for a short walk. You may only walk around your house at first, or up and down your driveway. It does not matter how far you go just that you walk. Start with 10 minutes. When you are finished walking, rest, with your feet elevated. Drink plenty of water.

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What abdominal exercises have you found most helpful with your hysterectomy recovery?

As you recover from your hysterectomy, exercise is a very important part of rebuilding your strength. Of course, you should talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise after your surgery, but once you get clearance, these abdominal exercises are a good place to start. Start your exercises gradually and increase the number each day. Stop and contact your doctor if you experience pain and/or bleeding

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How do you stay fit during menopause?

Staying fit can be challenging enough, but when menopause arrives it becomes even more difficult. Common symptoms of menopause include fatigue, depression, stress, sleeping problems, and more — all of which can cause you to gain some weight and not look or feel your best. The inevitable gray hair, wrinkles, and dry skin that go along with aging and menopause don’t help either.

Although menopause fights against you in your battle to be healthy and happy, you can fight back. You may not be able to stop menopause, but you don’t have to let it win. You can create a healthy lifestyle that will help you be fit.

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Have you been wanting to be more fit and lose some weight? What tips worked for you?

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be more fit and lose weight? Have you been able to keep it? It’s okay if you didn’t–you can start today. To make it less overwhelming, focus on the year month by month. After all, habits form after only 21 days, so 30 days works perfectly for creating healthier habits!

You know to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you eat. But that’s not always easy, especially after a hysterectomy or menopause. You have to burn about 3,500 calories to lose just one pound!

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Are you drinking enough water? How do you add water to your day?

Why is it so important to drink water?

You probably know that you should be drinking water every day, but do you know why? It does more than quench your thirst. It’s essential for every cell, organ, and tissue in your body. After all, more that half of your body made up of water!

Water has no calories, is available in your kitchen, and comes with no side effects. You can carry it around with you, making it simple (once you are in the habit) to drink at least 8 glasses per day. It is essential for preventing dehydration and promoting good health, so drink up!

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