Get Fit Again

Have you recently suffered from a major illness or surgery and your doctor finally said you can resume exercising again, but you don’t know where to start?

If that is the case, then there are some things you should know before you get started. Things will also be different based on whether you were an athlete previously or if you’re completely new to exercise.

First of all, find out from your doctor what you’re permitted to do and what restrictions you may have.

Get some help. Starting an exercise program on your own after surviving cancer, fighting an auto-immune disease, giving birth or having a major surgery is very difficult. It’s extremely important to not start out too quickly, do too much or do anything that can hurt yourself and cause you to not be able to exercise at all. With the help of a knowledgeable personal trainer or fitness instructor, you will be well monitored and they will make sure you are staying within the guidelines of your doctor and not doing too much too quickly.

Start slowly. As with any exercise program, it’s important to start slowly and build up. If you start too quickly, you risk getting injured or just hating the program because you won’t feel good.

Choose the proper form of exercise to get started. At first, walking may be your best option. Start with that and as you build your strength and endurance, you can add strength training, running, cycling, swimming, etc.

Get the proper clothing and shoes. It’s very important for you to have the proper clothing and shoes when starting back. You need to be comfortable as you begin a fitness program. If your clothes aren’t comfortable or your feet hurt, you won’t want to continue.

Have fun. The most important part of all of this is to have fun and enjoy exercising again. If you enjoy it, you’ll stick with it. Good luck!