So, as the title says I just thought I’d write a little about working out with an Umbilical Hernia. I’ve had this hernia for some months now and it’s never really been an issue, by issue I merely mean it’s not given me any real long lasting pain, there is a little discomfort every now and then.

An umbilical Hernia (pictured below) is an abnormal bulge that can be seen or felt at the umbilicus (belly button). This hernia develops when a portion of the lining of the abdomen, part of the intestine, and / or fluid from the abdomen, comes through the muscle of the abdominal wall. Nasty stuff, right? To be honest It hasn’t really bothered me just sits there and sticks out often noticeable through my T-shirts.Umbilical_hernia_growth

When I decided to start working out I knew I wouldn’t be throwing heavy weights around, or doing 30minutes on the rowing machine. But there are a lot of things I can do which would still activate my muscles all over my body, but not as quick, one such thing is called TRX; a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete 100s of exercises. Which I did infact do for a couple of months. However I grew increasingly tiresome and bored of TRX as it felt like it did nothing for me, so I went in search of something better, I wanted to actually lift weights and do what everyone else was doing around me in the gym.

I did some research and found out you CAN still do the normal training, the lifting of the weights and rowing machines, I would just have to take it easy and make sure to listen to my hernia, meaning if I feel any pain, or discomfort to stop immediately and not do any more for that session.

It’s worked out very well and I’m very much enjoying my workouts now, lifting some great weight, Squats I’m hitting 60kg for 8 -10 reps, bench press I’ve managed 45-50kg for 8-10reps and other exercises like leg press I’ve recently managed 100kg for 12 reps. I can also use the rowing machine, but limit myself to 5 minutes at a time. If I can, you can too 😀

There’s not so much to say about your diet with an umbilical hernia, it’s more common sense. You have to avoid fatty foods, because, obesity results in greater pressure on the abdominal muscles and can increase the risk of umbilical hernia. Examples of foods with a high fat content include fatty meat such as pork, whole milk, butter,cream, margarine and fried foods.

If you would like to talk about anything to do with hernia’s and working out let me know.