Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Get My Energy Back?

Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 09:30 AM

Question: I used to work out a lot. But now after back and prostate surgery, I’ve put on weight and I just can’t seem to get the energy I need to exercise. Do you have any suggestions?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Start gradually. The first week, walk for only five to 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Then you can progress up to exercising 45 minutes to an hour in total after the first 1-2 weeks. Each week, increase your exercise time to up 10 minutes a day total, separated into three sessions. It is safer to stay indoors at first, perhaps on a slow treadmill, and then gradually move outdoors. Swimming may be best for you at first, given your back problems, as you have eliminated the gravity factor. Then you can start with gentle stretches. Once you feel comfortable, under supervision, you can turn to doing heavier exercises. Biking, hard swimming, or contact sports, are to be avoided, at least at first. You may never be able to work out as vigorously you used to. Join with others, perhaps through a local health club, who have similar problems and work out with a group. Often, working out with others helps people stay motivated. Before you progress beyond the first week, ask your cardiologist for a low-level stress evaluation to be sure you can safely advance your exercise program.

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The key to resuming exercise after a long hiatus is to start gradually and do low-impact activities at first.
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