The number one idea to getting your new knees working perfectly and delivering for yourself the improved quality of life that you always wanted with arthroscopy (or knee replacement) is simply this: you need to keep active. The more active you are, the stronger your muscles become, and the more they become capable of. They end up becoming so strong, they work with your new knees, and save them considerable wear and tear.
Getting active is completely safe three months after you come back home after knee replacement surgery. Once you get the green light from the surgeon who did your knee arthroplasty, it’s time to dive in. Here are great ideas that you’ll love. If you find that you don’t have much enthusiasm for any of it, remember — millions of elderly people pray for the freedom that new knees can give them, but never get a chance. It’s a blessing to be able to move.
Take a wonderful walk
In a number of ways, walking is the best exercise you can never have. Since it isn’t strenuous exercise, you’ll find that it isn’t unpleasant to get up for every day. You won’t need to fight the temptation to stay in bed. Walking is also a great first stage exercise after surgery. You can take short, slow steps first, and speed up as your knees warm up to moving.
Go for a swim
As long as you don’t suffer from other conditions that make swimming risky, it’s great activity for your new knees. There is a little weight-bearing work to do, and you still get to work out all your muscles.
You wouldn’t think at first that rowing was anything that you needed your knees for. If you tried it before knee replacement surgery, though, you know that there is a certain amount of pressure on the knees as you brace yourself to power your boat forward in the water. Nevertheless, rowing is minimal-stress exercise for your sexy knees. You do need to be careful about two things, though — when you get in the boat or get out of it, you need to make sure that you are well-supported and not shaky. Unsteady motions can place unpredictable stresses on your knees. You also need to make sure that when you’re actually rowing, you have your lower legs at a 90-degree angle to your upper legs.
Get on a bicycle
Pedaling a bicycle places moderate levels of stress on your knees. It’s a great form of knee strengthening activity to try, though, as your knees don’t need to support the weight of your body. Cycling is safe because it puts your knees through a limited range of precise motions — which is just the kind of exercise that artificial knees need.
Sign up for calisthenics
The rhythmic movements that you perform in a calisthenics class can help you get stronger, more flexible and have fun in the process. You should make sure that you sign up for gentle calisthenics, though — most classes these days come with the option. They make sure that they don’t have you jumping or performing high-impact moves that could hurt your knees.
The aim of these movements isn’t just to get you ready for life — they are life. The more active you are, the more you are living your life right now.