I received a perplexing inquiry recently. Exercise is such an important part of my life that I just don’t give it a second thought. Anyways…the inquiry was if patients exercise 2 years after a tkr?
It has been…woah…I just counted it on my fingers…18 months since my tkr. Yes, I exercise. I wouldn’t do it any other way. I may not be doing the type of physio exercises to regain my leg muscle strength, but I do exercise. Why would I not want to? It’s such an integral part of healthy functioning. I feel unhealthy when I don’t engage in some sort of exercise.
My exercise consists of walking and riding an upright stationery bike. I alternate days.
There are days, however, when I go walking instead of the using the bike. It’s just more fun to get outdoors and listen to the birds. Sometimes people get in the way, but that’s ok. (that’s supposed to be funny) 🙂
Walking consists of 2 miles with a 5 pound hand weight. Sometimes I use a 2 pound ankle weight on each leg. My exercise regime also consists of balancing myself on one leg for as long as I can. Some days it is for 30 seconds, other days it’s longer. Just depends.
I cannot imagine not exercising now. The benefits received far outweigh anything. For years I did aerobic dancing at home. I’d park away from the store entrance in order to walk more. I’d walk when others would take a cab. I’ve always had a mindset that I have two legs, be grateful to use them.
Then, a year prior to my tkr, I needed to carry crutches with me everywhere since my knee would “lock up” on me. The pain was unbearable and I never knew when it would happen. I couldn’t enjoy “simple” walking anymore. I couldn’t do anything physically taxing without extreme discomfort. Even sitting in a chair could be painful. It was a total bummer.
So, yes, exercise after a tkr recuperation is “done” (is it ever really done?). You have a new knee, why not use it?
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