A New Workout for the Total Knee Replacement Patient

Today I “discovered” a new workout regime during my total knee replacement (tkr) recuperation process. It is almost 7 months after my surgery, btw. Let me describe as best as possible:

Currently, I am hanging out with a couple of small dogs that have a tendency to be rather hyper. “Rather” is a loose term in this case. Anyways, I was curious as to how it would be to put them on a leash and go for a walk. I wanted to see how challenged my knee would be. It was a great idea! (If I say so myself…:) )

I consider this dog walking exercise as a form of resistance training since one of the critters was forever and a day having me use my leg muscles to stand in place. He was pulling like crazy on the leash. I could feel my leg muscles working and it was great. So, we all went walking for 30 minutes and had a grand old time.

When we returned, I was pooped and sweating. My knee was swollen (what else is new?) and needed iced. So, after a nice shower, I positioned myself in a recliner with an ice pack on my knee. With this laptop, my leg stretched out, and hockey on tv – what a day! (Yes, I know that’s an incomplete sentence.)

And…the best part….the hyper dogs are totally pooped. Snoozeville for all! Ahh….peace and quiet.

Oh, oh….gotta go….one just woke up!  Nice….he’s back to sleep…:)

4 thoughts on “A New Workout for the Total Knee Replacement Patient”

  1. I’m glad to know you’re enjoying that exercise regime with the dogs. Keep on doing that to bring back the knee motion and to prevent it from getting stiff. 30 minutes a day i guess should be enough to prevent muscle loss and build up its strength again. Take care.

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. 🙂 Walking the dogs is definitely a fun way to get a “work out”.

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