To help train your body for major surgery
Getting active now will help train your body for major surgery. Similar to how an individual would train and prepare their body in the weeks leading up to a major sporting event in order to prevent injury and recover as soon as possible, we would like you to train your body before your upcoming operation to minimise the health risks after your surgery and to help you recover more quickly. Improving your current level of fitness before a major operation will help minimise the risks of infections after your surgery and will help you have a healthy recovery.
A target of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week at a moderate intensity – where you are slightly short of breath but can still talk. Below are suggestions to achieve this
- Moderate/brisk walking
Your activity can be spread out across your day, for example a ten minute brisk walk in the morning and again in the evening and a ten minute cycling on an exercise bike in between.
If you have not done much physical activity for a while you may want to get the all clear from a GP before starting.
MacMillan Move More pack Physical Activity and Cancer
- Lifestyle Diary
Prehab4 cancer videos
Benefits of walking
Stretch and flex
Introduction to Interval training
Stretching and Mobility
Strength and Balance
After surgery we recommend you continue to maintain your fitness levels. Once home many patients feel comfortable walking short distances to keep active during the recovery period. You can gradually increase the amount of exercise you complete as you feel able.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Move More Exercise video
For local council fitness centre and classes Fife Leisure
Macmillan: Move more leaflet
Macmillan: Physical activity and cancer leaflet