Easy does it.
When restarting to exercise, it’s always best to start off lightly and ease into it.
I started walking a *bit* the day after my surgery, just walking around slowly inside my house. But the pain from the surgery made it unpleasant, so I ended up taking three days off without walking.
I did NOT take the prescribed Oxycodone I was given for pain, because I’m more leery of possible side effects of that than I am the pain. I have a very high pain tolerance anyway. I can’t recommend others doing the same, because I don’t know others’ conditions, tolerances, etc. I also never took the pain meds three years ago, when the hernia on my opposite side was operated on. This time the pain was a little more intense (or simply a bit different), because it was an open surgery (last time on the opposite side was done laparoscopically). The first few nights it would take me about 10 minutes or longer to get myself into bed, and probably about the same to get back out of it.
Four days after my surgery, I went outside for the first time and walked around the block to mail some bills. I was walking like a 90 year old, very slowly and gingerly, with my walking stick. You need to be extra careful at that point in the process. So although within a week later I was walking almost like before, I had been expecting it to take much longer to get to that point. I don’t want to give the impression I just bounced right back and started doing my 45 minute walks at a good pace right off the bat. I’ve still got some pain there periodically, and will almost certainly still feel some even after the 4 to 5-week recovery period.
Although I can normally do my first set of 80 push-ups in one go, when I start them again in a few weeks, I am starting off super-easy. Like, on my knees and maybe 5 a day. Same with my ab work and other stuff. Well below my abilities. Better safe than sorry, especially after a surgery. I don’t want to have to go through this again. Also, with push-ups, it’s better not to do them every day. Normally, I only do push-ups three days a week at most. IMO, if you do them every day, you maintain the endurance to do them, but you don’t build any strength, because the body becomes stale. The body becomes too accustomed to the exercise. That’s why it’s also good to periodically vary the strengthening exercises you do, or the way you’re doing them.