Hitting the Gym with Confidence: Exercise and Your Ostomy

Living with an ostomy doesn’t mean saying goodbye to your active lifestyle. Regular exercise can be incredibly beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being! But it’s natural to have questions about how your ostomy fits into your fitness routine. Can you safely participate in all activities? Do you need special gear? Rest assured, the answer is a resounding yes!

Here’s what you need to know about staying active with an ostomy:

Getting Clearance

Before lacing up your sneakers, chat with your doctor or stoma nurse. They’ll consider your individual healing progress and advise on appropriate activities. Generally, after initial recovery, most exercises are safe, with a few exceptions like heavy lifting right away.

Choosing Your Activity

The sky’s the limit! From swimming and yoga to running and weightlifting, there’s something for everyone. Listen to your body and start gradually, especially if you’re new to exercise. Consider activities you enjoy to stay motivated.

Gearing Up for Success

Cymed MicroSkin pouches offer discreet comfort and security, letting you move freely without worry. Their thin profile and flexible design conform to your body, minimizing bulk under sportswear. Plus, the secure adhesive stays put during even the most intense workouts.

Pro Tips for Active Ostomates:

  • Hydration is key. Especially for ileostomates, losing fluids during exercise can be a concern. Carry a water bottle and sip regularly.
  • Empty and secure. Before hitting the gym, empty your pouch and use a secure closure to prevent leaks. Consider a support belt for added confidence during high-impact activities.
  • Protect your stoma. For contact sports, consider wearing protective gear to shield your stoma from accidental bumps.
  • Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard, especially at first. Take breaks, rest when needed, and gradually increase intensity over time.
  • Embrace your active lifestyle. Remember, your ostomy doesn’t define you. With the right planning and support, you can conquer any workout and live an active, fulfilling life

Remember: You’re not alone! Many people with ostomies participate in sports and fitness activities.

Connect with online communities or support groups for advice and inspiration. With Cymed MicroSkin by your side and a positive attitude, you can achieve your fitness goals and live life to the fullest! To learn more about the products we sell, give our team a call today at 800-582-0707.