Post surgery guide: fitness & nutrition

By Chloe Miller

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Any kind of procedure on our bodies can be very stressful, both physically and mentally, and requires a special care and approach when it comes to diet and physical activities. Now, depending on severity of the very procedure, the resting period and the getting back on your feet can vary, but it is important to, after consulting your doctor, determine your post surgery routine. If done properly exercising can actually help you recover faster and diet can help your wounds heal and your organism to recover from such anxious period. So, let us find out how an ideal post recovery period should look like.


Note that the recommendations can significantly vary depending on the type and the severity of the surgery you had, so do not hesitate to discuss the details with your surgeon. Regardless of the specifics of your procedure, you should not eat heavy meals, processed food or any kind of food which can cause stress to your stomach. Post surgery diet requires a lot of vitamins and minerals which are great for helping your cells to regenerate and your body to recover. You will achieve that by eating sufficiently fruits and vegetables. Five servings of fruits and vegetables, is ideal.
Dos and Do Not’s
  • Do drink at least 8 glasses of water.
  • Do limit the intake of caffeine.
  • Do void alcohol all together.
  • Do not eat refined sugar.
  • Do eat high-fiber foods.
  • Do not take pills to replace natural vitamins and minerals.
  • Do not consume too much red meat.
  • Do include small amounts of lean meat.
  • Do reduce your fat intake.
  • Do juice your fruits and vegetables.
  • Do steam your vegetables.
  • Do consume dairy products.
  • Do consult a nutritionist.



It is quite normal that after you have undergone some procedure, you take some time for resting. Some surgeries will require that time to be longer, while other will allow you to start moderate fitness routine just a couple of days later. Be that as it may, moderate yoga which involves no sudden movements or difficult poses, but deep breathing and meditation, can do you no harm. Depending on the affected body part, you will have to focus on some specific workouts. For instance:
  • Breast reduction surgery will demand regaining mobility in your chest and shoulders. Start with light modified range of motion exercises and increase your range session by session.
  • Liposuction, on the other hand will require light aerobic exercises, such as walking and brisk walking.
  • Some more serious procedures, such as open heart surgery, the recovery period can last six to eight months. During that time it is recommended to engage in moderate physical activities, like slow walking, lifting your arms over your head for light activities, slowly and gradually climbing the stairs, etc.
  • Though cataract surgery is quite routine, getting back to your regular physical activities after it is not recommended. Instead, allow your eyes to rest and heal, and engage in moderate aerobic activities, while avoiding heavy lifting.
  • After a knee surgery, you will need to rebalance your walking, without pushing your legs to hard. Do that with several laying down exercises and lifting your legs in different ways.
Regardless of the type of surgery, you will have to take things slow when it comes to exercising. Start by investing minimal effort, and then increase the difficulty just for a bit in every following session. Previously consult your surgeon, and if you can even a personal trainer, who will, based on the information you have given, help you recover faster and avoid injuries.
As you see, when it comes to recovery from surgery, there is one key for both fitness and diet, and that is moderation. Check everything with your doctor and do not push yourself to your limits.


Chloe is a beauty and health enthusiast from Adelaide, Australia. Regular contributor at HighStyleLife and The Fashion Culte Magazine. Equestrian, and a mum-to-be. In love with koalas and Sicily.

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