exersize for my stomach?????????????????????

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mommyphotographer
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
anyone know of the best things to do for your stomach muscles that wont hurt it. and what NOT to do. it has been since october since i had a 9 inch incision vertically done. so is it safe to get busy doing things again...

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
i would think you could start doign some exercises, crunches, lightly
also, i was doing this machine at the gym, not sure what its called, but you sit in it, and put your arms on a bar and push the bar down that way. I was doing that with about 80lbs and doing fine.

Marsky
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have a long incision. My surgeon said he didn't want me doing sit-ups or similar exercises for the stomach muscles, ever again. Which kinda scared me. I also had had two babies (vaginal births) and that seemed important history on me. He said my stomach muscles would never be the same (since babies, cancer surgery). So long story short, I started walking everyday and got down to a size 6 again. I was a size 12 before surgery. To flatten my stomach I just pulled in my gut and held it for 10 seconds. I did repetitions of these, in batches, 20 while I was blow drying my hair. 10 more in the car. 10 more while I was making dinner or standing in line at the grocery store. Over 4 weeks I got my stomach pretty darn flat this way. Without one sit up. My surgeon was amazed this simple exercise would do the trick. I promised him I'd avoid sit ups. Something to do with risking a hernia......at the time I wanted no part of anymore surgery (still don't to be honest!)......so just try sucking in your gut and working up to 50 or more of these a day.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


psygirl6
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mommyphotographer,
What I use is the Denise Austin yoga Body Burn DVD. It has different yoga exercises. i use the yoga Abs. This is the best because you are not really doing any hard movements on your body, and it helps alot. I used even right after my surgery because it is a very low impact, slow paced workout, only 10 minutes long. Also It helped me tone my stomach and even built up my stomach muscles, especially filled in that "hole" where my colon used to be and turned it into muscle. I hope this helps you out. You can get it at Wal-mart. I got mine at Wal-mart for only $10.
Maya
Rectal Prolapse Surgery: December 2006
diagnosed with slow transit constipation: June 2008
total colectomy with ileo-rectal anamastosis: Aug 7, 2008
Numerous food intolerances (gluten,lactose,msg,etc)


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
marksy, i do that all the time, lol. Although seeing as how i am not dieting at all its not doing much!

something else i just thought of that could help you is dancing! like club dancing, where you move your hips and such alot cause that uses your tummy muscles to do that. When i used to go dancing three or four nights a week (i was like 20) i had abs like in the after pics! just from doing that. and it's fun, and an hour of dancing burns 500 calories!!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
This is good information to know, especially since I joined a gym today and was wondering what kind of abdominal exercises are safe to do. Thanks for bringing it up! :-)
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I sit on the big ball thing...I think it's a yoga ball...hold my arms out straight and then I turn my upper body 1/4 forward with each arm (rotate at waist)...it is a lat exercise if you look it up...I usually count each forward movement from my right arm as "one" and do as many sets of 25 as I feel like. It doesn't directly work the front muscles, but it does a good job for the overall core.

I hope that makes sense!! You could also pay for a couple training sessions and explain that you have to be careful with abs but would like to learn some exercises.

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 3/6/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i think i will try the belly tighting like marksy said for now. i dont think i am up to anything more then that just just. but i sure hope i get back to myself soon........... today is is 60 degrees in michigan and that sure helps to perk you up and make you want to get in shape even more..........

flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/7/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been holding my stomach in like Marsky suggested and can tell that it's a good and easy way to tone your tummy. Thanks for the suggestion, Marsky!
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


peggy113
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   Posted 3/7/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Marsky - great suggestions. Walking and no weights would be my suggestion. Some folks can get away with doing all kinds of lifting, hard core weights, and never have a problem. I wouldn't suggest doing that or even "crunches" if there is another alternative that isn't so aggressive on the the abs. JMO. I've had some issues with adhesions in my past, and it was recommended to me not to do lifting. I do enough of it in my normal daily activity, tho not on a regular basis, and don't do the extra exercises for them. I'm just fearful of causing problems that would require surgery.

My surgeon recommended walking and more walking. That affects all the muscles in the body.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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