Anything you do to increase your fitness before surgery will help your recovery afterwards. Increasing your activity levels can reduce your chance of developing a complication by up to 50%.

For example:

  • Try and increase the distance that you walk each day (Use a pedometer try and increase the number of steps you walk each day. Aim for 8000-10,000).
  • Take the stairs rather than the lift.
  • Make your housework more energetic!
  • If you regularly attend a gym, speak to your exercise instructor who can modify your routine.

ANY increase in physical activity makes a difference but choose realistic goals for yourself and choose something you enjoy.

Whatever you choose to do, the activity should be enough to get you a little out of breath and/or feel your heart rate increase and/or get a little sweaty.