I’m in my late sixties.  About two years ago, I got lazy and stopped working out at the gym.  About ten days after a backpacking expedition last summer I developed a hernia.  It will probably be a while before I can get that repaired. Now I want to get back some of the muscle that was lost when not working out but I don’t know what kind of exercises I can do with a hernia.  My doctor has not been very helpful.  The only advice he gave to me was, “No lifting”, but I don’t know how that translates to some of the exercise machines at the gym or to calisthenics type exercises.  If anyone has any experience exercising with a hernia I’d greatly appreciate any information that you could give on the subject.  Thanks.

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Thanks Shane. Never heard of the Valsalva Maneuver but i'll check into that and the other things that you've mentioned.

My doctor's word on lifting was no more than 20 pounds, so that's not going to develop much muscle.  I think I should be able to do some calisthenics, pushups, pullups etc. but I'm not sure about situps.

 

 Shane suggested that I check pilates for exercises and I found a site called the hernia bible.  Thanks Shane.  Here are the links:

Exercises to help people with inguinal hernia

www.groin-hernia.com/herniabible/exercises.html

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