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Stationary Bike V Walking After TKR

I have written previous posts about the benefits of both walking and using a stationary bike after having a tkr. However, within the past month something has occurred that is quite interesting to me. So…I thought I’d share.

Walking is fun. You can talk to other people, pet the walking dogs and enjoy the scenery.
Kudos for walking. Plus, it both increases our tkr flexibility and muscle strength.

Stationary bikes, on the other hand, are not much fun. I don’t care how much I read about how you can watch tv, enjoy music, etc. while riding a bike. They’re not fun. That being said, the workout results are tremendously above those of walking. Let me explain…

After not riding my bike for about a month (I did walk daily, however), I got on my bike. Yikes. My tkr knee was much stiffer than I thought. It was much harder to start riding my bike. I couldn’t even pedal at the previous tension. I needed to reduce the tension and start over again.

I noticed that after riding my bike again, stairs were easier to climb and descend. It was easier to sit down and rise from my seat. My tkr could bend much easier after riding my bike.

So…that’s my insight into riding a stationary bike V walking after having a tkr. Not fun..but very beneficial.

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  1. Walking is much more fun but the stationary bike has many advantages walking won’t help and hit them right on the head! I too have been doing more walking than riding a stationary or any kind of a bike for that matter.I don’t always take the time to ride the bike and lately have been very lax at doing so. I am paying for that with the same thing you are, a stiff knee that doesn’t have the range of motion (ROM) that I previously had. This is a goo gauge of the purpose for riding the bike. Yes, I too had to put my seat higher to peddle. It may not be fun but the results are what we need and want!

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