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A Total Knee Replacement Workout – Snow Style

I live in an area that was blasted by a snow storm within the past couple of days. It makes for a great way to enjoy the holiday season, but provides isolation since I’m “snowed in”. There is about 12 inches of snow on the ground as I write.   However, there is time for fun….

Being almost 11 months out of a total knee replacement, I was curious to see how I’d fare by going for a “walk” in this snow covered wonderland. I knew I wouldn’t be slipping or sliding, and felt secure about the venture. So, I bundled up by putting on my boots, ski pants, Detroit Red Wings jacket, knit cap, and University of MI ski gloves. I was ready.

Turns out that it was a blast and provided me with a great workout. I “discovered” a new way to exercise with my bionic leg. Seeing that the snow is so deep, I needed to lift both of my legs like I was in the marching band. That’s the exercise…a marching type gait. It was fantastic! The traction was awesome. (Gotta have good traction, you know).

The snow was so deep that even as I finished cleaning off my car, I plopped over (another way of saying “fell over”) due to uneven footing. (Some of the snow compacted faster under one foot). No problem due to the extreme cushioning the snow provided. It was really cool. Whew…:) No pain, either. Double nice.

I really wanted to do a “snow angel”, but just couldn’t see myself getting down and up from the snow that easily. Oh well. And, I couldn’t build a snowman/person due to the snow not being that compactable. Bummer. 😦

Legal stuff: Let me say that even though this exercise venture worked great for me, it may not work for you. I am in good health other than my total knee replacement knee still recuperating. I am not obese or overweight. I can move well other than my bionic knee still needing better flexibility. So…this is my way of stating that if you try this….do it at your own risk. I am not responsible for your actions.

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