How much can I walk?

Once home, taking short walks for ten minutes or so in your house every few hours is advised. When you tolerate these short walks, you can take longer walks outside. Use the 5% rule to increase the duration of your walking. If you increase your walking 5% during the day, we would expect that you feel more pain at the end of the day. You should recover overnight and hopefully feel well in the morning. If you recover as expected, you can increase your next day’s walk by 5%. If you do not recover overnight (pain remains higher than expected), we suggest you rest one day and decrease your total day’s activities by 5% until you feel good the next morning. Continue this process as tolerated. It is better to do frequent short walks than one long walk that increases your pain or tires you out excessively. Flat surfaces are better than hills.