I'm having surgery in mid December (correcting a deviated septum), and although they tell me I should be back on my feet within a few days, I'm not supposed to do any hard exercise to raise my blood pressure for about a month.
That means... no lifting
Now, I'm by no means huge or hardcore, but I've been working out pretty regularly for a few years and have a lot more muscle than I'd have if I didn't lift. Now in particular, after having done Waterbury's TBT (and variations thereof), I'm in the best shape I've ever been, mass and cardio-wise.
I'm looking for any advice on what I can do to maintain as much lean mass as possible - I doubt it's possible to try and gain without raising my blood pressure for a month.
I'm currently getting back onto HOT-ROX for a variety of reasons - partially in preparation for the month away from lifting, as I'm hoping it will help me with maintenance.
I take a little less than a full dose (for loading) of micronized creatine currently; should I up my dosage during the month off?
Should I shoot for more protein than normal?
Are there any exercises I can do to try and maintain as much lean mass as possible?
Any input and suggestions are appreciated,