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Exercise After Bypass Surgery: Start Slowly

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Increase Your Exercise Slowly

You may feel weak and tire easily at first. You may also be a bit stiff. Go slowly and build up your time and speed little by little.

  • After the first week, exercise 4 times a day for 7 to 8 minutes each time. Each week, add 1 to 2 minutes to each session.

  • As you add minutes to each session, cut down on the number of times you exercise in a day. Just be sure you exercise for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. Slowly build up to 25 to 30 minutes once a day.

  • Exercise 5 days a week. You can take 2 days off – but not 2 days in a row.

  • Exercise either before or at least 1 hour after a meal.

  • Rest after you exercise. And, drink plenty of water (unless your health care provider has told you to limit fluid intake). 

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 9/10/2013
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