Usually, it is easy to back out of exercising. Many people continually make excuses about why they don’t exercise. However, I have found a great way to get motivated. It is:
Be diligent in doing your exercises while recuperating from your total knee replacement and you will get excited about what used to be difficult – moving your body. Why? You will reap your rewards. Here’s my take on the issue….
* It is absolutely thrilling to be able to walk without pain.
* It is great to have what is known as a ‘normal’ walking gait.
* It is fantastic to be able to walk fast enough to get out of breath and work up a sweat. (To some this would be “speed walking”. I like to think of it as walking faster than I did prior to my tkr.)
* It is wonderful to be able to walk trails, take in the scenery, and smell the air without feeling any joint pain.
* It is so welcoming to have clothes fit better. I know, in my case, there were times when my dryer shrunk too many clothes. 😕
All of these combine to provide motivation in staying with, or starting, an exercise program.
Hope this helps you get motivated to exercise after your tkr (or any time, for that matter).
Be grateful you can walk.
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