Yes, start with a walk down the driveway. Only increase by 10% per week.
For instance, if it takes 3 minutes to get down the driveway, and 3 minutes back home, do that every other day for a couple of weeks. Then either increase the frequency (ie walk every day), or increase the time (3*10% = 3.3 minutes out (that would be farther from the end of the driveway) and 3.3 minutes back. The next week if and only if
you can do that pain-free, add another 10% to the routine.
Like Bill, I had to slowly work my way back up to something resembling normal. At the end of 2010 I could walk about
500 feet. It took me almost 1.5 years before I could walk 2 miles. But I found it best not to think about
a future goal or anything, but each day to do the best I could for that day.
Another way to measure exercise (or any stressful activity) is to only do about
1/3 to 1/2 of what you think you can do. Then, if you don't have any increase in symptoms for a week or two, gradually do more -- this really helps us learn where our individual limits are without the drastic (unhealthy) swing of "work hard, do all I can today; then in bed for 4 days".
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