Hello, I'm Dr. Donald Ozello of Championship Chiropractic for LIVESTRONG.com. Today, I'm going to be discussing weightlifting and running after a spinal fusion. The first steps that you'll want to take to begin weight training and running after spinal fusion is get your doctor's permission. Speak to your doctor and find out what he wants you to do, what you can do and what he recommends you should not do. After that, work with a professional. Learn how to do all the exercises correctly. You want to start at an appropriate level for yourself. Never start at a level just because someone else is at that level. You need to start at a level that works for you and progress very gradually. When you are running, one of the most important things that you want to do is make sure that you have good shoes. You can begin by walking and then progress to running. If running does not work, you can easily do a different type of cardiovascular exercise, maybe you want to start on the treadmill or start on an elliptical machine or even on a bike and then progress to your walking or to your running. With the weight training, any exercise that compresses the spine or puts weight directly on the spine you would want to avoid. That includes barbell squats and deadlifts. Those are fantastic exercises for building strength but after you've had a spinal fusion, you do not want to compress the spine. Use very simple exercises and build up gradually. Start at a level that's appropriate for you and work towards general health and general conditioning. Those are some very simple tips that will be able to help you out.