At the Rock Prairie Women’s retreat we all chose a fitness goal for our body. I am having surgery next week. I really can’t come up with an exercise goal. I will get started on something after my surgery. There is really not much I can do now, right?
You are 100% correct after surgery you cannot immediately start an exercise program. Most of the time your Doctor will have you wait six to eight weeks. Your physical limitations need to be determined by you consulting with your Doc.
There are however many things you can do to help your body in health and in recovery aside from exercise.
1. Getting enough good quality sleep is a great starting point.
2. Resting in His peace, regardless of your circumstances is also an essential element of good health. (“Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7)
3. Enjoying fun recreation, even in your hospital bed you can laugh, listen to music, or read make sure you do one fun thing for yourself every day.
4. Eating a well balanced, nutritious, natural, calorie appropriate diet is a fantastic way to aid in your recovery.
5. Practicing proper hygiene even if you are tired and don’t care, will help you avoid possible infection and give you a daily lift. (I consider this step not only bathing and brushing teeth but getting dressed in something that makes you feel good and continually brushing off old behaviors that ensnare you)
6. Putting on faith, every moment remember He loves you and has plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) Exercise helps the body, but taking care of your physical body is more than just getting regular exercise. I think the most important of all these ways to help your body especially in times of surgery is to trust the Lord with all your heart and mind. Casting your care for He cares for you and remembering how much He loves you! My prayers are with you for a successful surgery and a healthful recovery.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”