Surprise - it's possible to overdo exercise after surgery
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I'm up and around after my surgery, and the doctor has cleared me to be more active as long as I "don't overdo it". Whatever that means. (Her clarification was "be reasonable", which is not really my strong suit.)
I've been walking 5K under her old limitations, so yesterday I thought I'd try running part of it. Like, half a kilometer (though I was bored with walking, and ended up running a whole kilometer.) It felt great at the time ...
But today I'm having more pain than I've had for days. (This is not, I should emphasize, agony; more like sharp jabs even with the level of painkillers I've been taking for a bit.) Google suggests that most people wait 6-8 weeks to start jogging after this surgery, instead of, uh, four and a half.
So my husband has wagged his finger at me, and today I tried a shorter stint on the stairstepper. I'm wondering if all the bouncing around is what's getting to me, rather than the higher heart rate.
Sadly, the stairstepper doesn't add up to much in the way of Rivendell miles. Ah well.