It has been almost two years since my tkr and I have been asked numerous times if any exercise is still needed. The answer is…”YES!!” Unless you want to go through life with a stiff tkr knee, exercise is imperative. Everyone needs to exercise, irregardless of their physical condition.
I’ve had readers tell me that they can’t wait to finish physical therapy so they don’t have to exercise. That’s the wrong attitude. Once the rehab exercises stop, we need to condition our minds that daily exercise is needed. It is not something to dread. We need to be grateful that we can move efficiently enough to exercise. Exercise needs to be viewed as fun, not a task.
Exercise does not have to be strenuous, either. Of course, the best cardiovascular benefits will be obtained by partaking at a moderately brisk pace for at least 30 minutes, 5 times weekly. It can be walking, riding a bike (stationary or “real”) or even gardening. Cleaning around the house counts (vacuuming, cleaning cupboards, etc). Granted, these activities come with time after a tkr. I, personally, had a very difficult time vacuuming for a couple of months after my tkr. Even walking took time. I’m sure we all know that. As the saying goes, “everything worthwhile takes time”.
Please do not think that once you are finished with your rigorous rehab routine, that the exercise stops. That’s the lazy way out. You need to keep your body moving. If you’re complaining about that, think of the alternative. Lack of exercise can lead to a variety of negative health ailments, which may ultimately result in a permanently horizontal position (death). Lying in a wooden box isn’t too appealing to me. I hope it isn’t to you, either.
I would like to believe that anyone who has gone through a tkr wants to make the most of it. You received your new artificial knee so you can move without pain, right? So…get up and move!
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