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This Internet brings out all kinds of nuts. I recently updated my listing to numerous sites in an attempt to increase publicity. What’s happened? I forgot about the existence of tactless product promotions that exist out there. I have received BORING comments about how someone just “loves” certain things they see on my site. Well, in the comment, individuals leave their website address. It turns out that the commenter sells the products. Spare me…

If you sell a product that provides miracle cures, is the best thing since cut cheese or one that you simply cannot live without…..keep it to yourself. It doesn’t belong on this site.

And, listing these type of comments is an unsolicited form of advertisement. It is not appreciated at all. In addition, the comment is a negative reflection of yourself and product.

If you are truly interested in letting my readers know about a product that may help them, contact me.

That’s all there is to that.

Buying a Desk Foot Rest & TKR

Some of my readers have asked me if I had any information about where to buy foot rests that can be used under a desk. They are intended to elevate the tkr leg and keep the swelling down.

I purchased one in excellent condition at my local thrift store. It cost me a whopping $3. There is not even a scratch on it. So…I would recommend looking in thrift stores or consignment shops (although they charge more than thrift stores).

Seeing that times are tight for many, there are other ways to stretch the dollar while finding good bargains. Visiting garage sales, estate sales, or simply by letting friends know you’re in the market for one are good ideas. Auctions may be of service, also.

Check out your local Craig’s List, under ‘For Sale’, Sporting. I found a recumbent bike in excellent condition that way. Plus, the sellers only lived ½ mile away and they delivered. 🙂 Nice… You may also want to check under Free, since I have seen tons of exercise equipment just being given away in this category.

And, if you want to buy an unpacked, new foot rest for your tkr leg….Office supply stores, department stores, or superstores such as WalMart are your best bet. Some deliver, just check it out.

Hope this helps….Good luck!!

P.S. I also wrote a blog post a while ago about how to elevate your leg while sitting at a desk without using a specially made foot rest. All methods worked for me. It’s all here somewhere. 🙂

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Health Clubs After A Total Knee Replacement

I have never been a fan of all those mass-produced “health clubs” which cram people and equipment in like sardines. That, plus the fact that I just don’t enjoy the entire process of going to one of those places. I’d much rather stay at home, work out, and get the job done.

However, since my physical therapy ended over three months ago, I have not been able to find a good exercise bike. See, I need a sturdy one like those found in professional gyms. (That cost a lot.) It’s too easy to lose my balance, otherwise. And, there are too many flimsy types out there on the marketplace, in my opinion.

So, I found out that a couple of local health clubs were offering trial weeks. Cool. I’ll give it a try. OK. The first one had two guys grunting and groaning so loud it was obvious they just wanted attention. (In my opinion, anyways). Geez, I’m real impressed they can bench press 100 pounds. Not. Heck, I could moan and groan up a storm if I wanted to. I don’t though. This place did, however, have good equipment that was well kept and easy to use. Nice. Plus, there was room between the machines.

I just returned from the second one. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As soon as I got onto the leg extension machine (and it took a while to do this…:( ), someone got on the machine next to me. It was one of those inner thigh machines and she was about 3” from me. 😦 That ticked me off. Besides the fact that the machine was preposterous, the closeness to the other machines was ridiculous.

That brings me to the leg extension machine subject. What kind of idiot designs those machines so that the user’s upper body is almost laying down? Get real. By the time I finally got on that ridiculous machine, there was just no way I could use it properly. One has to have legs that are already in good usage. Ah…that must be the trick. It wasn’t developed to be used as a physical therapy machine. Hmmm. The one used in my physical therapy was PERFECT!!! The upper body was upright and made for an excellent workout. Even if I didn’t need the machine for physical therapy, I would prefer the upright position design. It is much more comfortable and easy to use.

So, I tried to get on another leg extension machine at this facility and couldn’t adjust the weight from 60 pounds. Those (term escapes me) pins that are used to choose your weight should not be difficult to use. Move on.

Another issue at this health club. BTW…why are those places called health clubs? Sometimes you can smell other users’ body odors. How healthy is that?

OK, back to the issue of the club. I got on the upright exercise bike and set it to the third level. I tried it at the first level and just did not have enough flexibility yet. The third level works out great for the first 2-3 minutes just to get warmed up. Well, BOOM! It slides down to the next notch right when I’m using it. OK. Settle down and keep pedaling. A bit later, BOOM!! same thing. It did that until it was at ZERO notches. Zero notches is where I eventually work to, it was just disconcerting in the mean time. Good thing those BOOMS! Didn’t happen when my knee couldn’t handle it. (Hey…another potential hazard to watch out for during the tkr recuperation. Malfunctioning exercise machines:) ) I had to advance faster than I wanted to. This series of events were unsettling since I made certain that the notch was properly set before I started. I know I did.

I pedaled for 10 minutes with numerous breaks. It was time to quit when I got a sharp pain in my ankle. Sharp pains signal STOP! The pain I experience in my total knee replacement knee area are dull and obviously from stretching my muscles.

Well, enough about my rambling about “health clubs”. I did get a good workout and my knee is thanking me. 🙂

No Expensive Exercise Equipment Needed-TKR

In addition to providing stretching of the leg muscles, ankle weights serve other purposes while recuperating from a total knee replacement.  Even though one can achieve a great workout by using a leg extension machine, this can be done at home for dirt cheap.

Here’s the step-by-step breakdown of utilizing this muscle strengthening exercise:

  • Simply take an ankle weight of your desired weight
  • Wrap it around the ankle of the affected tkr leg
  • Sit on a chair
  • Lift your ankle until the leg is straight.
  • Do 10 repetitions, 3 times
  • Do throughout day for extra strengthening..

It’s the same procedure used during the machinery process.  And, ankle weights can be used over and over without paying extra. 🙂

This exercise strengthens the muscles surrounding your knee.  It has worked great for me. 🙂