Our expert says:
I think given that you've come out of surgery, the safest is to speak to a doctor and just make sure that you're clear to exercise. I hate to pass the buck, but I could make a suggestion and it worsens things because you're not ready for it. So it's definitely best to see someone first, get the green light.
Generally, as long as you avoid excessive loads on the back you're ok. High impact like running or stepping or taebo probably needs more time, and cycling and rowing, because they can be hard on the back, also. But walking should be OK, depends on the situation. If you're at the gym, then the circuit should be ok except possibly for the exercises that involve loading the back - bending and flexing, that kind of thing. But arms and legs you should be able to do, things like leg extension and flexion, hamstring curls, biceps, shoulder press etc.
But as I said upfront, it's really important to see someone - you should probably be doing some rehabilitation under the guidance of a physio, at least initially.
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