Use this as a general guideline.
Walk the length of the hallway at home 3 – 4 times, or walk to the end of the driveway and back once in the morning and again in the afternoon or evening.
Walk 1/2 block or the equivalent of a 1/2 block indoors once in the morning and again in the afternoon or evening.
Walk 1 block in the morning and 1 block again in the afternoon or evening.
Walk 2 blocks in the morning and 2 blocks again in the afternoon or evening.
Walk 3 blocks in the morning and 3 blocks again in the afternoon or evening.
Continue increasing the distance you walk, as you are able. Let your comfort be your guide to how much you can do. Your goal, in general, should be to be walking one mile by 6 weeks after your surgery.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 10/11/2011
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