Depends on the surgery type, Strip and FUE have different implications, but FUE after 14 days you can start training again and then get heavier over the coming weeks. I've trained post my FUE surgeries without incident.
Strip really you need to be careful of not stressing the area from where the strip is taken from. Really for the first few months at least one must restrict excessive weights or anything that may cause the strip to stretch. We give more detailed instructions post op for both surgeries as to what can and can't be done.
Running prior is not a major problem and a few days rest prior to surgery will not cause any obstacle. It's important to keep blood pressure as low as possible for the day and come off any vitamins etc that can cause blood thinning etc, but excercise per se with anything major have a few days rest. It's not only about blood pressure but also to avoid things whereby the head may get trauma and affect surgery. I always stopped kicked boxing and weights a good week before to avoid injury to the scalp or any bad muscle pulls as you need to be able to be comfortable for long surgery hours. One can't eliminate all risks but limit where possible.
Runnning after with FUE, guys resume 15 days post no problem. If you are having strip then longer as again the running will put considerable vibration through the neck and scalp area and may cause stretching if done too early.
But on the whole it's about a common sense approach.
I agree with Stephenl on all posts concerning pre and post op... work-outs...
2 weeks post op is fine for cardio and/or resistance training. No problem... however a strip case MUST adhere to the clinics recommendations. Most clinics recommend a slow to return to full on massive activity a longer time period even after the suture and/or staples are taken out.
If you put major tension on your donor scar months after the surgery, you can stretch it. It takes about 9 months for most of the healing of the skin to take place in the donor scar, collagen formation, etc.
My weight training has begun again as I do not feel any pain and of course there will be no stretching due to it being FUE. Virtually all of the transplanted hair has now fallen out and all that is left is a little redness.
I won't be at "full power" for a number of months because over the last year my training had to be completely stopped as my previous strip surgery made the donor area extremely tight (I mean so that it was constantly pulling!) so indeed I had to wait many months before I could even risk any weights and even then I had to be sure that I wasn't pulling on the back of my head.
Sparky: I will be very interested to know when your hairline starts to appear as I am just coming up to 3 weeks from mine being done. From previous strip I think 4 months is realistic to see some 'early' growth. I had some hair transplanted into my strip scar also so hopefully you can see some movement in that area soon as well.