Exercising with an Ostomy | Products that can Help

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
07/06/16  12:13 PM PST

I was very active before my diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis and my ostomy surgery. After surgery I was so worried about pushing myself too hard that I didn’t let myself do the things that I loved. After doing a little bit of research about products that would help keep me healthy while exercising with an ostomy, and getting a pep talk from my Colorectal Surgeon, I started backpacking, running, hiking, rock climbing, biking, weight training, swimming and boogie boarding!

There are different products that can help protect your stoma, prevent peristomal hernias and secure your pouch while swimming or doing activities that may cause the pouch to flap. Here, we discuss the product options used in different situations.

Protecting the Stoma

If the stoma is at risk of being rubbed up against or exposed to blunt force it’s a good idea to use a stoma guard. Some ideal sports to use a stoma guard for are: football, soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.

Exercising with an Ostomy

My favorite stoma guard is the Freedom Guard GTX by Stomaplex. I use it for boogie boarding, backpacking, ice skating and rock climbing.

Abdominal Support

If the abdominal muscles are being utilized, it’s a good idea to use a hernia belt or some sort of support-wear. Many people love the NuHope Hernia Support Belts. I like to use Spanx.

Exercising with an Ostomy

I use Spanx (buyer beware, they are tight and may inhibit ostomy output if the output is thick, though I have never had a problem) for weight training, obstacle races and on a daily basis. Ask your doctor or surgeon before engaging in any sort of weight baring exercises after surgery.

 

Securing the Ostomy

If the ostomy pouch will be a disturbance if it is flapping around, it is suggested you use a Stealth Belt or Spanx.

 

Exercising with an Ostomy

The Spanx can be used here, as well as the Stealth Belt, Compression Shirts/Shorts, Spandex bike shorts or a belly band. I’ve used these products while running, biking, swimming, etc.

Getting the Pouch Wet

If the ostomy pouch will be getting wet, you have a few options. It’s not necessary to have any additional products, but you can use a stealth belt, pink tape, barrier extenders or Sure Seal (which is one of my personal favorites).

Exercising with an Ostomy

I’ve used these options for kayaking, boogie boarding, snorkeling and swimming laps in the pool.

More Information

If you’re interested in more information on exercising with an ostomy, visit our other BLOG or VIDEO.

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My family and I are taking a road trip. I wanted to know what accessories should be used when starting to drive or ride in a car. Should I use something to cover the stoma?
Jonathan
Great question! It all depends on if the seat belt is coming in contact with your stoma.
 
If the seat belt does not come in contact with your stoma, no additional accessories are needed. If the seat belt does come in contact, you can use a stoma guard or a seat belt cover to protect the stoma


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  1. Sandy Rush
    Posted October 18, 2016 at 9:11 am PST

    Interested in exercise videos for ostomates

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted October 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm PST

    Hi Sandy! Thanks for commenting. Here is our video about exercising for ostomates. Hope you find it helpful! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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