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Exercise After Bypass Surgery: Walking

A man and woman walking down the sidewalk. They are holding hands.

If your doctor gives you a home walking program, be sure to follow it. If not, follow these tips:

  • Start by walking 4 to 6 times a day. Walk for 5 to 6 minutes each time.

  • Do this 5 days a week. Rest the other 2 days.

  • As you feel stronger, you can walk around your neighborhood, at a shopping mall, or on a track.

  • Walk inside when the weather is very hot or very cold.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and sturdy, comfortable shoes with non-skid soles.

  • If neighbors stop you to talk, tell them you need to walk without stopping. You can talk later. Or, invite them to walk with you. 

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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