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What exercises can I do indoors while recovering from heart surgery?

The following exercises are to be done in conjunction with a walking program:
  • Leg StrengtheningSitting.
Purpose: To strengthen your thigh muscles.
Position: Sit on a firm chair with both feet flat on the floor.
Action: Lift your foot slowly until leg is completely straight. Hold. Slowly lower your foot down. Repeat.
  • Foot TapsSitting.
Purpose: To increase motion in your ankles, to improve circulation, and to improve the strength of your ankle muscles.
Position: Sit in a chair and place both feet flat on the floor. (This can also be done lying in bed).
Action: Leaving your feet on the floor, tap your foot up and down. Each time, raise your foot as high as possible. Repeat.
  • Knee RaisesSitting.
Purpose: To strengthen your hip muscles.
Position: Sit in a chair with both feet flat on the floor.
Action: Raise one knee up toward your chest as high as possible. Slowly lower it. Repeat.
  • Shoulder Exercise.
Purpose: To increase the motion in your shoulder and/or to strengthen your shoulder muscles.
Position: Stand with your arms at your side
Action: Raise your arm straight up above your head. Lower it back down and raise the other arm up. Relax. Repeat.

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