• What to wear when exercising?

    Do you find tight fitting or baggy clothes are better for exercising with your stoma?

  • It is safe to bike ride

    Before surgery I was an avid Bike rider, will my stoma be safe if I bike ride.  

  • Transverse Colostomy

    Good day so I'm fairly new 9 months with a Transverse Colostomy and I was wondering who else has this type. The transverse colostomy is located approximately 2 inches below my sternum directly in the middle of the chest. I'm having several types of problem…

  • Any tips for running with a stoma?

    Any runners on here? Just wondering if you have tips or product recommendations for ostomates that want to start running.

  • Overcoming the fear of swimming

    ‘Are you sure you want to jump?’ I said yes! I didn’t think twice, despite carrying the weight of fear, I took a deep breath, I closed my eyes and I jumped. My body emerged into the water and I felt so great. The cold water welcomed me and I felt again…

  • How do you keep active?

    With gyms closed and group exercise classes cancelled, I was wondering what everyone is doing to stay active?

  • Does anyone use a fitbit or similar health tracker to help with diet and exercise?

    I was thinking of getting a health tracker watch to try and manage my health and fitness.  Does anyone else use one?  Do they work?

  • Extreme sport with an ostomy

    Has anyone had the confidence to try out an extreme sport since recovering fully from their ostomy surgery? Would love to hear about your experience in the comments.

  • Strictly ballroom....is this for me?

    Has your stoma influenced your decision about dancing ? Love Cha cha cha, Salsa or Lindy Hop ? How have you found going to a dance class where you must switch partners ? Let me know.

  • Strictly ballroom .. is this for me?

    Has your stoma influenced your decision about dancing ? Love Cha cha cha, Salsa or Lindy Hop ? How have you found going to a dance class where you must switch partners ? Let me know.

  • Returning to hobbies post lock-down

    With lockdown starting to ease I've been able to return to my favourite hobby of going to the gym and exercising. There is more distance between each machine and everything is sanitised and wiped down after each use so I feel comfortable being there.…

  • Introduce yourself- let's get to know each other!

    Here is my very own story: I am an International Sales Executive for an Irish company and I spend a lot of time travelling overseas. I wake up early to catch a flight, I have meetings with all sorts of clients during the day, I sleep in hotels, and quite…

  • What did you start during lockdown that you intend to keep doing?

    I belong to a running club and from the start of restrictions the club has set a weekly miles challenge. I have now done this for 15 weeks. I've never set a weekly mileage target before and found it a brilliant way of keeping my motivation up. I'm going…

  • Exercise at Home

    There are so many great workouts now available free online for all levels of mobility.

    Have you got a favourite?

    Here's a light home workout you might want to try...


  • How do you prepare for going out with no public toilet facilities currently available?

     Hey everyone

    With restrictions now beginning to lift and we are starting to venture out a little further from our homes for exercise, one issue is that public toilets still remain closed. How have you prepared yourself for going out knowing that there…

  • Chair Workout

    It's important we stay active during this period of global uncertainty and lockdown - we need to look after both our physical and mental health.

    Whatever your age and ability why not try this quick Chair Aerobics Workout with Shrink Coach Estelle…

  • A day at the spa with my stoma

    Hey! My name is Jennie, I have an ileostomy due to Crohn’s disease and I am going to write about having spa days with a stoma.

    Yes, you heard right! You can totally have a nice relaxing day at the spa with a stoma.

    First things first; make sure…

  • New year new me?

    I have steadily put weight on since stoma surgery.  I expect it is because I feel well and can eat more without pain and running to the toilet. My only problem is my will power; it is awful, and I have a very sweet tooth. But I have now found a gym buddy…

  • Regular Exercise

    Good morning all hope you are well this Friday morning.

    Who on here does regular exercise ? Myself I do a lot of walking and recently completed the couch to 5k running app.

    This app takes you from a non runner to running half hour non stop in just 9 weeks…

  • Caitlin: My New Year Resolution

    I’ve never been one in the past to really do any type of New Year Resolution.  However, this year is a little different.  I definitely think my boyfriend has positively impacted this.  We have both decided to get into shape.  He has decided to start…

  • Swimming

    Hi Everyone hope you are doing well Blush

    Myself and Chris both have stomas, we are having a ostomate only swimming session in our local area Derry/L'Derry. It is open to everyone!! Theres always alot of Questions concerninh swimming such as will it come off…

  • Going to the gym and staying active

    First I want to make something clear, you already have your body back! Your ostomy surgery didn’t take that away from you, it didn’t change who you were as a person and individual; it simply changed your body and made you more unique. Personally I now…

  • Caitlin Shares Her Experiences and Tips for Exercising

    Growing up, I was a dancer (ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical) and I also played lacrosse. Once I hit college, I wasn’t exercising as often and only danced on occasion. Once I became sick with UC, I wasn’t exercising at all. I was too tired or in too much pain…

  • Going to the gym with an ostomy

    When I was younger, I was a dancer. I did tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. I danced from childhood up until my senior year of high school. I also played lacrosse for my four years of high school. Being active was a big part of my life. When I went to college…

  • Returning to exercise following surgery

    I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 16, knowing that a stoma could be ahead of me in the future, I hated the thought. For an athlete to be told that, was just unimaginable, the illness itself put me into shut down mode then to be told…