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Unread 05-28-2002, 08:23 PM
Sit Ups Caution

I needed to post this, but before I say anything at all, please ask your DR.

I have a friend that is a Chiropractor and he used to work in an operating room before he decided to go for his Doctorates. Anyway, when he gave me advise on exercise and getting in shape before TAH. He said that walking and moving around was the best. But he cautioned me against Sit-ups because he said that it would make the muscles to hard and it would be difficult for the surgeon to do his/her job and to stitch you up.

I mentioned this to another sister and she told me that she was planning on doing sit-ups and she was glad that I told her and that I should post this. I absolutely agree and I am sorry I didn't earlier.

I had also planned on doing sit-ups until my friend told me otherwise.

However, like I said, please consult your Dr.

Take Care and God Bless!!!
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Unread 05-28-2002, 08:35 PM
Sit Ups Caution

I think that just before your surgery is probably the wrong time to begin an new exercise program...unless you have several weeks to start easing into something.

That said, however, I don't think that sit ups done as most of us would do them would cause such a drastic change in muscle tone in a short period of time. As part of a general strengthening program, they can be very helpful in toning muscles. And toned muscles are stronger, which will help you get back to normal a little bit quicker.

But I agree that each person must consult their own doctor before embarking on any new exercise program, before surgery or anytime!

Everything in moderation!!

Unread 05-28-2002, 10:12 PM
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Thanks for telling us! I was feeling guilty for not doing them.

I heard that the Kliegles(sp?) were helpful. My problem is that I seem to have no focus with internal excercise- I forget I'm doing them! I have yet to make it through a set.

Does anyone else have this problem?
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Unread 05-28-2002, 10:31 PM
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I've been doing strength training at the gym for about 6 months now. I'm up to 160 pound stomach crunches. Do you think I should stop doing these before surgery?

Unread 05-28-2002, 10:49 PM
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I'm impressed, Becky! Ask your doctor- mine told me that it didn't matter, as he wouldn't be cutting the stomache muscles. He did say that any excercise was a good thing, though.
Unread 05-29-2002, 06:50 AM
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Most surgeries do not involve cutting the abdominals. They are spread apart with retractors.

I really don't think you need to be overly concerned with I recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger had open heart surgery with no problems....unless we really have ABS OF STEEL (literally), I think strong heathly muscles are an asset in any situation.

Don't stop doin' 'em if you are doing 'em. This is just one person's opinion, and I've never heard it before from any doctor or anyone here, including our own Hostess Alumna Fitbug. She's a personal trainer and has a website devoted to women's fitness.

Just be sure that if you want to start exercising before your surgery, you check with your doctor first. Sit ups are NOT a bad thing!!!

Unread 05-29-2002, 07:43 AM
I am sorry!

If I scared anybody I am very sorry. I did not mean to do that. I believe I mentioned twice that you should talk to your Dr.

Maybe I wasn't clear. I walked, did yard work, and stayed as active as possible MORE so than I had done before. I was going to add sit-ups because I knew that I was going to have a vertical incision. I had 6 weeks notice, so I had time. I happened to have discussed this with my friend who is in the wellness profession, and he told me that about the muscle being hard.

I just called him, just to make sure I heard him correctly and he also reminded me that what he said was and I quote "If your abdominal muscles are not used to this much work out that starting with sit-ups now would do more harm than good." I sure hope that this will straighten out any misunderstanding the I may have caused.

I just happen to like the outdoors and I love to walk so that is the form of exercise that I choose. I am in no means trying to impose my preference on others. I was merely trying to point out something I thought would be a useful question for one of my sisters to ask her Dr.

Again I apologize and I hope that I am forgiven!!!

Lots of
Unread 05-29-2002, 08:00 AM
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Thanks for clarifying your post. It totally makes sense now. I did notice where you said to call your doctor so I did email the doctor supervising my weight loss program to ask him about this. I'm still awaiting his reply.

I don't intend on increasing my weights right now just maintaining what my body is used to unless my doctor tells me otherwise. I can understand how torn ab muscles would not be good at the same time you are trying to deal with all the other surgical issues. I also plan on continuing my walking up until surgery. I walk approximately 4-10 miles per day usually through daily activities & exercise.

I probably sounded like a real body builder in that post. I'm really not! I'm just a very obese person who has finally became serious about her health. I've lost 60 pounds since last October but still want to lose 100 more. So by those numbers, you can tell I've still got an awful lot of fat here!

If my weight loss doctor says anything of interest, I will post it here for everyone to read.


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