Seven months after my total knee replacement, my knee flexibility still needs working on. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. This blog post discusses a hamstring exercise that is cheap and convenient.Â I experimented with it a couple of days ago, and it worked out great. So, it’s been added to my exercise regime. It may work for you, too. Here’s the scoop….
While I was going through physical therapy, one of the exercises involved walking backwards on the treadmill. Actually, the treadmill was set in reverse with a decline mode. This exercise was intended to work on my hamstrings. I could always feel it doing the job. It was great!
So, while walking recently, I noticed I was walking downhill to get onto my regular flat, paved course (aka motorcycle training course – which I talked about in a previous blog post). See, I live on an incline…on a hill. The drive up to my place is all paved, which makes it extra convenient. It’s an even pavement, with no potholes or sudden changes in footing. It is absolutely perfect for a total knee replacement recuperation exercise. It’s a gradual incline of about 10-15 degrees. (It’s funny how things are suddenly appearing as potential recuperation devices. 🙂 )
That treadmill exercise came to mind recently, so I decided to start walking up the hill backwards. It’s a fantastic exercise!
Walking around the motorcycle course 5 times, then 3 times up (backwards) and down the hill takes about 30 minutes. It’s a wonderful exercise program, if I say so myself. 🙂 And, my knee loves it.