Walking Works

For women who have had a hysterectomy, the doctor usually encourages light walking beginning a week after surgery.  Usually at this point, you may still be on pain meds and using an abdominal binder so light walking is just that – easy, light walking.  It may be to the corner and back then gradually increasing to around the block.  Since you can’t lift anything heavier than 5 pounds, taking it easy is necessary.  My first few excursions out of the house meant that I had to take a nap when I came back in the house.  Some days if I ran errands, I would be wiped out the next day.  However, I didn’t regret moving around and walking.  If anything, I beat myself up because I couldn’t do more.  Having a support network through the awesome website at Hyster Sisters helped.

About 2 1/2 weeks post-surgery, I was able to get up to 1 1/2 miles of walking done.  I took a break at the halfway point.  I also wasn’t able to do it again for a few days.  But eventually I did.

(This isn’t my first time walking for fitness. I walked 2-3 miles several times a week for about 2 years. I began running because I was bored one day and wanted a challenge. I would run from one streetlight to the next then walk for the next interval. It was my own personal run/walk method way before I knew who Jeff Galloway was.  I had just gotten up to running 2 miles at a time when I developed high blood pressure.  My doctor had me go back to walking until I got it under control.  I trained for the Baltimore Women’s Classic as a walker and was only cleared to run again 2 weeks before the race.)

By 4 weeks post-surgery, I could get 2 1/2 miles of walking done without a break.  The first time I did felt AWESOME!!!! I have now been able to do so every other day for a week.  Now this progress may not be the same for you.  It would be fast if you were not a regular exerciser pre-hysterectomy.  The key is to listen to your body.  It may take months before you are comfortable moving from down the block to 1 mile to a 5K.  But, if you are consistent and listen to your body, you can do it.  If your body tells you to stay with walking and not become a runner, that works, too!

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