Background: After the implementation of supportive precautions for patients, following sternotomy in cardiac surgery, a need for knowledge about the patients’ experiences arose A literature review revealed that no studies existed which focused on the patients’ experiences, living with precautions after cardiac surgery. Aim: To explore how patients experience living with precautions taken after cardiac surgery. Methods: The study consists of semi-structured interviews with patients six-eight weeks after cardiac surgery. Hermeneutical content interpretation was conducted. Results: Three themes presented themselves: Logical or bodily experienced meaning of the recommendations. Cognitive or physical comprehension of the recommendations and difficulty in managing the recommendations. Conclusion: The patients experienced difficulties with managing the recommendations in the postoperative period, but still they used the recommendations as guidelines. They were motivated by the promise of a positive achievement, or avoidance of negative results. The patients also suggested a more individual focus.