08 October, 2019
Once a healthcare professional has given you the go ahead then riding a bike can also be an excellent form of exercise for ostomates, as it does not put too much strain on your abdomen or involve heavy impact. Just like walking and running, cycling should be introduced gradually and then increased over time to higher levels of activity.If you have a perineal wound, cycling is best avoided until the wound has healed, as sitting on the saddle may be uncomfortable.
Take it steady in the first year following surgery. Even if you were a professional level cyclist before your surgery it is always better to be safe than sorry. Take smaller journeys and build up. Plan your route so as you aren’t too far away from a toilet. It would also be wise to plan routes that aren’t too far away from civilisation.
You might feel more confident if you cycle with a friend or family member, and exercising with others might also help you to stay motivated. If you prefer to exercise indoors, you can use a stationary exercise bike at a gym or at home. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to test out your combination of bag, protective layers and clothing.
As with other forms of exercise, it might be wise to wear a stoma belt or stoma guard. These are used to support the weight of the ostomy bag reducing stress on the body, helping to keep your bag in place, and thereby reducing leakages and skin irritation.
Cycling UK is the best place to go to get tips on cycling, including details of local clubs and routes to try. You can call them on 01483 238 337 or visit www.cyclingUK.org