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Safe Exercise After an Organ Transplant


Tips on Exercise After an Organ Transplant

  • After an organ transplant, check with your doctor before starting a physical fitness plan. This applies to anyone who has had a transplant. But it's especially true for people who like rough and tumble sports like football or high impact activities, like jogging.
  • Do something you like. It's obvious, but it bears repeating: if you don't choose a sport that you enjoy, you won't want to do it. So don't settle on something too quickly. Try out some different possibilities.
  • Be cautious when swimming. Public pools and swimming holes may have bacteria that could be dangerous. Check with your health care team before taking a dip.
  • Set realistic goals. You don't have to run that marathon right away. Give yourself time. Start slow and work up gradually. Eventually, aim for some physical activity every day.
  • Don't push yourself. Listen to your body. If you're in pain or really worn out after exercise, you've done too much. Next time, don't drive yourself so hard.
  • Make it social. Choose activities that you can do with other people. Try walking or biking with a friend. Try a fitness class. Doing something with other people can make it more fun. It may also make you more committed to exercise if someone else is relying on you.
  • Make small changes. For instance, aim to walk a little extra whenever you can. For instance, cancel your newspaper subscription so you have to walk to the corner store to get it.
  • Get advice from an expert. Personal trainers are not just for the rich and famous anymore. Although they may still be a little pricey, in some cases they're worth the investment.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on September 30, 2014

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