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25 Tips for Exercise Success

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Tips for exercise after hysterectomyWhat are some tips I can follow to have a successful exercise program?


Does the idea of starting exercise program overwhelm you after your doctor has given you the green light following your hysterectomy?

Do you know where to start, what type of exercises to do, or how much to workout each day? Do you need to stretch first, wait 2 hours after eating, or go to a gym?

Does walking around the block with your kids and dog count?

Beginning an exercise program doesn’t have to be daunting. There are many simple steps you can take to get moving and add exercises to your regular day. Your doctor can also give you some tips. You don’t need a personal trainer, just some common sense and taking the first step!
  1. Talk to your doctor: Before beginning, talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that is right for you.

  2. Set realistic goals: If you set unobtainable goals, you are more apt to give up, so set goals that are realistic for you and your lifestyle.

  3. Dress for success: Wearing the right clothes can help you be able to exercise comfortably and put you in the proper mood.

  4. Add steps: Use the stairs, park away from the door, and take the long way around.

  5. Use an app: Tracking your success can help keep you motivated and remind you to keep moving.

  6. Get a partner: Exercising with someone can be more enjoyable and you can keep each other on track.

  7. Choose exercises you enjoy: If you hate your workout, you aren’t likely to stick with it, so choose exercises you enjoy doing.

  8. Go for a walk: You can go for a walk before work, during lunch, and/or after supper to add some light, relaxing exercise into your day.

  9. Be consistent: Even if you can’t run a mile in a minute or do 100 sit-ups to save your life, be consist with exercising regularly–slow and steady wins the race after all!

  10. Be patient: Rome wasn’t built in a day and you won’t become a fitness guru overnight, so give yourself time to see results.

  11. Use a timer: It can be less daunting to set a timer and plan to exercise for a set amount of time so you can see the end is in sight.

  12. Make chores productive: Add movements to your mundane chores to get exercise benefits from mowing the lawn, doing the laundry, and vacuuming the floors.

  13. Call a professional: Though you can get moving on your own, call in a professional if that will help you stay motivated and on tract.

  14. Join a gym: You can exercise at home, but joining a gym may keep you motivated and give you access to a wide variety of exercise equipment.

  15. Vary your routine: If you are bored with your exercise routine, you’re more likely to drop it--so add some variety.

  16. Be creative: Make exercising fun and interesting--play tag with your kids, have a scavenge hunt in the park, or jump on the trampoline in the backyard.

  17. Be productive: Listen to an audio book, call your mom, or talk to your kids to make exercising more than a mundane chore.

  18. Walk or bike instead of drive: Whenever possible, leave the car at home and walk or bike to do your errands, visit a friend, or get a coffee.

  19. Enroll in a class: Being part of an exercise class can introduce you to new exercises, keep you motivated, and put you in contact with exercise partners.

  20. Make a schedule: Choose a time and place that fits your lifestyle and note it in your schedule so you'll stay on task.

  21. Pace yourself: If you overdo it, you could burn out; so set a pace that is realistic for you.

  22. Stay hydrated: You need plenty of water before, during, and after exercising, so be sure to keep your water bottle with you.

  23. Track your success: Whether you use an app or pencil and paper, keep track of how you are doing so you can celebrate your successes and make changes as necessary.

  24. Reward yourself: As you reach milestones and meet your goals, reward yourself for your hard work and accomplishments!

  25. Don’t give up: Even if you don’t meet your goals today or tomorrow, pick back up again and move forward.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-08-2015 - 04:14 PM


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