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Mobility at home

After being discharged, daily exercise is an important part of rehabilitation. Regular exercise improves, among other things, the functioning of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as the strain tolerance and performance of the heart. Exercise also helps to improve general condition, helping the patient to feel refreshed and better able to cope with everyday chores.

Exercise during recovery

The recovery period after different illnesses and procedures varies according to individual – patients receive individual instructions for their convalescence while in hospital. During convalescence, the best form of exercise is walking, which should be started in moderation. You can easily adjust the level of exertion while walking by taking breaks and adjusting your speed. You should start by increasing the number of times you take a walk in one day, then gradually increase your walking distance and only then increase your speed. During your walks, you should also perform any home fitness and breathing exercises you have been asked to do.

Exercise after recovery

The recovery period after different illnesses and procedures varies according to individual. Patients always receive individual instructions for their convalescence from the hospital. Increasing exercise should be done gradually. After the convalescence period, patients are allowed to engage in more strenuous exercise, unless the treatment personnel have issued particular restrictions. It is never too late to start an active lifestyle. Therefore, exercising should also be kept up after convalescence. At least 30 minutes of daily exercise has a positive impact on your health. Heart-friendly exercise is dynamic endurance exercise that strains the large muscle groups. In addition, it is useful to train muscular strength.

Illness changes one’s life in many ways. Healthy habits are important during acute illness and for enhancing recovery after surgery and helping to maintain overall well‑being. In addition to an active every‑day life, including exercise, patients should observe the other pillars of self‑treatment: healthy nutrition, medication, sufficient sleep, stress management methods and no smoking. The patient’s own role and activity are the most essential factor in recovery. The support of family members or close friends during the process and in changing habits is also important.