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Exercise for a ileostomy for a female person

Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:17 am
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Would like to know what exercises are good for a iliostomy person like me.  I am 61 and fairly active and love to hike.  I would like to trim down everywhere and around my belly area.  Any suggestions.  I did join a fitness center.

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2. Concealing the pouch
3. Foods to eat and avoid
4. Losing or gaining weight
5. Pouch ballooning

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Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:54 am

hellot there --I have an ileostomy as well and cannot find anything either on exercise. I have started going to local swimming baths again after a year -that's another story---- However although I do get some discomfort around my abdomen afterwards (only gentle breast stroke) --Would like to hear back if you hear anything further. I should imagine gently hiking would not be a problem. Take care x

Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:41 pm

Well here is a link to a site for ostomates for belly exercises. Hope it helps.

Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:46 am

Hi everyone,

                  I'm 64 and have had a lot of surgery, following bowel cancer, including a 

prostectomy, which worried me, especially with regard to horse riding, but I compromised

and bought a Viking tricycle and have not looked back. I use the option to cycle whenever

possible and have grown considerably stronger and toned. People stop to chat, asking

where I bought it from, even young men make complimentary comments, I recommend to

everyone, get on your trike !!!!!

regards, to all,



Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:33 am

Hi Carol

I have had an ileostomy for 3 years, and I go to the gym, do yoga, ride my bike, swim, pretty much everything I used to do before. The only thing is that I use lower weights during classes, and if I think I will be straining a bit, I use a hernia belt.

I was told not to do ab exercises like situps, but that is simply not true. Just don't do too many. Planks are great.

The only real problem I have is that I sweat a lot (I'm in Florida) and that will occasionally cause the glue on my pouch to loosen up (if I have been wearing it for more than 4 days).

Hope this helps.


Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:02 pm

OK, I just HAVE to share this link! If nothing else it is eye candy for the ladies but for us all it shows that if there is a will, there is a way. :)) Enjoy!

Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:01 pm

Thanks vikinga....I guess crunches are possible.      I've never was attracted to all those muscles, but I have to admit - he looks damn good. innocent

Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:18 pm

Loosing fat is a matter of consuming less calories than you burn off. You really can't target one area.

Any exercise that burns calories along with a reduction of caloric intake will help you lose fat. Note I'm saying losing *fat*, not weight because as you exercise your musle tone build and muscle weighs more than fat.


The best way to notice whether or not you're losing fat is how your clothes fit. If you can burn fat and develop muscle tone, you may actually gain some wieght but your clothes will fit better.

Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:54 pm

thats so true chet8625, i had my opp in march and feeling so well has encouraged me to excersise. i have a exersise bike in the house and have been using it often. i feel much fitter and my clothes are visibly looser but the scales dont reflect this. ive tried sit ups but i find it uncortable with my little friend. i still dont have the confidence to go to the gym, but im working on it. would love to start jogging again one day

Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:47 pm

Hi. I'm on my second ostomy (emergency colostomy in 2012 due to a rupture from diverticulitis and reversal the same year. In July  I had an ileostomy (again an emergency surgery  because of a rupture from torn adhesions, clots, and divertics). I have been retired for a few years and during that time, started going to the gym fairly frequently. I had been doing weights (I got  up to 7lbs hand weights) , core/abs work, Barre, yoga, zumba. . Now I still do some of that, with lower weights. I do core/abs work, but if I feel a pulling I back off. I do need to strengthen my core, it was quite weak. I also worked up to my own schedule as I could tolerate. It is now about 3 and a half months since surgery and I am progressing well. Do start exercising, do start slowly. If possible, work with a trainer or a PT to prevent injury.   

Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:49 pm

The same for me. I work alot in a physical job and also walk alot. I will be starting weight training, it would have been nice to know. 

Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:53 pm

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