After your surgery, you may think it is no longer possible to go out with friends and participate in parties or other events. Far from it! Continuing your social life can be very important part of your recovery, and might help you to regain your confidence. Exercises such as cycling, hiking or skiing are appropriate for many stoma patients. However, sports that put too much stress on the abdominal muscles such as weightlifting, rowing, fighting sports or rugby are discouraged because they might injure your stoma.
Generally, engaging in sports and maintaining an active lifestyle can be key factors to your recovery and may help you to gain greater confidence.
Tip: It is sometimes useful to wear a stoma belt or a protection band.