Many of my patients who choose to have a tummy tuck in Dallas lead healthy lives and are very active. It comes as no surprise, then, that they want to get back to the gym as soon as possible after surgery. Although I encourage all of my patients to take as much time off as necessary to heal completely, I give them these general guidelines:
Week 1-2: Slow walking; no strenuous exercise. Light walking actually helps improve circulation and prevent blood clots. However, remaining confined to your house during this time is important, as it limits the extent of your activities and allows your body to use its energy to recover properly.
Week 3: Return to work and most daily activities. Most of my patients go back to work during the third week after surgery. (Patients who can work from home usually resume work during the second week after surgery.) Day-to-day activities such as running errands may also be resumed.
Week 4: Light activities and some gym exercises. Slow cycling (not a spin class) or a light workout on the elliptical machine is acceptable at this time. Weight lifting or heavy exercise should still be avoided for a few more weeks.
Week 6 and beyond: Resume impact and weight exercises. By the sixth week, most people are almost fully recovered and can return to their normal workout routines. However, it’s important to have your surgeon’s approval before engaging in strenuous activities.
Week 10: All restrictions are over – it is safe to resume intense abdominal workouts with crunches and planks.