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I had a double open hernia repair 3 weeks ago. I've been told no running for 6 weeks and I'm going stir crazy. I need to be doing something. When I asked what I can do I was told walking would be ok but for anything else they are very vague (the nurse and the surgeon I spoke to). I've read lots of different things on the internet about what I can and can't do as well as some on these forums from years ago. What I want to know is:
1. Can I use my multigum? I want to tone up while I'm not running. I did read somewhere that even sit ups and crunches are ok after two weeks (although I'm scared of ripping myself open). I have no muscular pain down there, just soreness from the stiches.
2. Can I use my cross trainer? It's kind of like running but without the impact assocaited with pounding the streets. I assume it's the impact I'm trying to avoid.
3. Can I use my bike? I have a mountain bike and a road bike. Which one would it be ok to use if any? Or doesn't it matter. I suppose mountain biking over rough terrain is kind of like running in that some impact is present.
I'm getting fat. I need your help.