View Full Version : Taking walks outside

07-21-2010, 10:04 PM
Hi everyone-

I have another question. The thought came to me after reading Janet's recent post about leaning forward when walking. I only used a cane or walker 1 week post op, then I ditched it because my back felt really good (just have this huge neck/arm issue still going on). Anyway, I do take 2 walks outside everyday. I take them with no walker or cane, just my neck brace. I do feel like I go 1 to 2 mph. I had my surgery June 8, so I know it hasn't been too long ago. Does everyone else who recently had surgery go that slow without a walker or cane? When does your speed eventually increase. Just wondering because I'd like to walk faster but I can't! I feel like my walking is more mechanical rather than normal like it used to be.


07-21-2010, 10:36 PM
Hey Jen, I walked incredibly slow at first...I was so afraid of falling I wouldn't even look up for weeks. I'm around 4 months now and I've gotten quite a bit faster but I'm still not back to normal and still feel a bit awkward. Don't sweat it, I think its all part of the recovery process.


07-21-2010, 11:54 PM
Same here. In time, everything will be fine....believe that!

I did a 12 mile hike with about a 2000 foot vertical, up in Glacier National park just 2 weeks ago and with a 40 lb backpack.

Glad to see you are doing well Rich

Take it slow, one day at a time.

07-22-2010, 10:15 AM
Hi Jen
Everything will fall into place - great job on the 2 a days!
Don't worry about speed, it will come. And just be aware of your stride eventually, it will come more naturally to you too.

I had a mantra running through my head during those first walks - "Head up, shoulders back, eyes straight ahead...breathe, breathe." By the time I was finished with the breathe part I had to start over to remind myself to keep my head up! :o

It does get easier!

07-22-2010, 11:25 PM
I also feel like a "turtle" without my walker!