Our expert says:
It would be as effective certainly. The key is the intensity, because having had a fairly major surgery, you want to be careful about overdoing it. Walking is a pretty moderate exercise, and so it’s a good one to consider. However, cycling is also reasonable provided you keep the intensity low as well. The one problem with cycling, and this is where perhaps you need to be careful and maybe monitor something like blood pressure if you have this possibility, is that cycling is more static – the muscles are performing a more ‘static or isometric’ contraction, compared to running, where the muscle contractions are dynamic. The static type contraction can cause blood pressure to rise, so you want to be careful there as well. Here though, if you keep the bike in a really low gear, and just try to ‘spin’ then you should also be OK.
Good luck, and don’t forget that medical clearance and supervision is more important than for most people in your case.
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