Running when you have a stoma: Rebecca’s top tips
19 January, 2020
Rebecca is an ostomate and keen runner.
These are her top tips on how you can get in to running after stoma surgery.
1- Core work
Use a core recovery programme as soon as recommended by medical staff after surgery. Continue to use these exercises alongside any running.
2- Hernia-prevention support
There is a wide range of hernia-prevention support available on prescription and your stoma nurse will be able to discuss what would work well for you. You can get up to three garments a year on prescription.
3-Take gradual steps & don’t be afraid to walk
It is easy to forget what your body has been through with the illness or injury that necessitated your stoma; take gradual steps. Walk for a longer distance than you plan to run first, and jog or walk in between running if needed.
4- Listen to your body
Some aches are normal when running but if you feel pain then stop! Take a break and reduce the intensity and/or speed.
5- Make sure your bag is secure before you start running
Take an extra few minutes to make sure your bag is fitted well; use flange extenders or Barrier Sprays to help. NHS prescription underwear is great for keeping your bag away from your skin and for absorbing sweat.
6 – Enjoy being active!
Colostomy UK recommend that you always speak to your stoma nurse or GP before starting an exercise programme.
Our ‘sport & fitness after stoma surgery’ booklet is full of great tips on how to get active. download your copy here today
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