Along with eating right, regular exercise can help keep you healthy. Exercise has many health benefits. It not only helps you control your weight, it also helps reduce the risk of heart disease and bone disease. Before beginning an exercise program, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the type of exercise and amount of exercise that is right for you. It will depend on the type of organ you received, your recovery, and your health status.
Once your healthcare provider agrees that you are ready to return to most of your normal activities, you may want to discuss a moderate exercise program to help you rebuild your strength and avoid weight gain.
Your healthcare provider may ask you to avoid certain activities during your initial recovery such as lifting anything that weighs more than 5 to 10 pounds, swimming, or contact sports.
Your healthcare provider can determine how long you should avoid these activities.
After surgery, you’ll want to rest. As time passes and you start to feel a little better, you may want to slowly begin a moderate exercise program if your healthcare provider agrees that you’re ready. Talk to your healthcare provider about what exercise program may be right for you.
No matter what kind of transplant you’ve had, your healthcare provider may want you to create an exercise plan with your transplant team that meets your needs. Here are some tips to get you started:
Once exercise becomes a regular part of your life, it can be easy to overdo it. If you experience any of the following issues, stop exercising and contact your healthcare provider: