I have gone back to physical therapy because my swimming laps and walking 2 miles a day have not gotten my hip any stronger over the summer (I had it repaired when it was broken in a fall on Mother's Day weekend). I was beginning to fear I would not EVER be able to be off of a crutch or a cane, and might never be able to go for my beloved long walks by the river, participate in yoga, or swim using a frog kick. I am not a sedentary human - and the idea of becoming one is my worst fear.
My PT today told me today there is NO reason I won't be walking without an aid, and doing yoga (at least MOST of it). He is as perplexed as I am about the lack of progress - but we will concentrate on doing specific things to strengthen the hip now He said it might take six months of hard work - but I should be back to my normal activities then.
SO glad I didn't smoke over it ---- what a waste THAT would have been....and I would have had the double whammy of having to go back to Day One when I was ready to enjoy my active life again.
Stay the course - and NEVER think smoking would make ANYTHING better. I am glad I made the right choice!