Exercising with an Ostomy

Exercising with an Ostomy


An ostomy surgery can change one’s lifestyle in various ways. It can be daunting to try to figure out how to go back to your daily habits after an ostomy surgery. However, having an ostomy doesn't mean you need to stop being active, it just means you need to make modifications to your current regime.

This blog post will help you understand the dos and don’ts of exercising with an ostomy.

  1. DO talk to your doctor before starting any exercise regimen after an ostomy surgery. Each surgery is unique and comes with a unique set of recovery procedures. Your doctor or Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, Continence (NSWOC) are your best resources for any questions you might have.
  1. DON’T jump into anything strenuous. Your body has gone through a lot and it needs time to rest and recover. Jumping back into an intense workout routine may affect your recovery period negatively. Non-strenuous work routines are always a good idea; these include slow walks or arm raises.
  1. DO choose an activity that you enjoy. Working out releases endorphins into our blood stream making you feel happy and energized. Participating in an activity that you do not enjoy will bring no benefit in the end, as the body will not be revitalized from that activity.
  1. DO look into purchasing workout clothes that are specially crafted for ostomates. These clothes, which include swimwear, are made in a way to make space for the stoma bag so you can work out without fear of any accidents. Check out MyOstomy’s collection of ostomy support garments here.

Check out Ostomy Canada’s website this Ostomy Awareness Month to see different ways you can contribute to raise awareness for ostomates all across Canada!