I am still at beginner lol
I love to run. Run at your own pace. Always start slow , even very slow, just faster than a walk to let your body adjust to the different pace without over exertion and your body will let you know when its ready for you to go faster. run a mile, walk a mile and run another mile. 3 miles is a pretty good workout.
I am training for a half marathon currently but have ran into issues of a wonky toe.
Good luck in your fitness building.
Start slow and build it up gradually.
I've had a permenant ileostomy for a year and a half now.
In the first 6 weeks after surgery I did very little, I was very weak, lost a lot of muscule from being so sick and in bed all day. Severe bone density loss and low iron levels. For those six weeks I could not stretch properly for fear or tearing something. I feared sneezing and coughing and held my tummy to support myself when I did.
I was advised that after the 6 weeks I could start building up my muscules. Small walks and floor stretches on my back, bent legs, letting them fall together from side to side was nice and gentle to start with. Eventually I built up confidence and pushed myself just that little bit more every week. After a full year I finally felt strong enough to start going to the gym and doing some weight training to rebuild my legs and arms, but didn't do much targeted stomach exercise. But now that i saw some muscule tone coming back in the last few weeks I have started the Beach Body Insanity 60 day workout. Very intense, lots of ab work but I skip anything that seems too wearing on my abs. I have done two fit tests and I have gained fitness! i still feel very weak in my abs but a million times better then when I first came home from the hospital! My advice is to wear support pants or a hernie prevention belt during all exercise! It makes me feel more confident.
Hope this helps a little
I love the idea of the physical therapy (thanks for the idea, dcsmith). I'm going to ask my doc for a referral. I am 3 years post-colostomy and my lower back has become so weak. Mostly all I do is walk - my beagle and I were up to 4 miles but now his back has given out. I have a new doggie - Freya - I'll post a pic of her on my profile and can't wait to get her into training to walk!