Can TKR Rehab Provide Good Cardio?

You bet it can. We all know how important cardiovascular exercise is for good overall health. It lowers risks of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity while also increasing heart health. Did you ever tie in cardio with tkr rehab, though? Here’s something that may help you…

While recuperating from a tkr, cardio occurred naturally for me. It happened when I started using the exercise bike. I sweated like it was going out of style, and I wasn’t even pedaling fast. And, I wasn’t intentionally trying to get cardio. That was the nice part about it. My goal was to perform the pedaling motion while increasing my tkr knee flexibility. It was very, very hard work. (As I’m sure all-tkr people know…)

After only pedaling two minutes, wow…heart rate up, sweat rate up, face flushed. It felt good to get such a beneficial workout. (My tkr knee didn’t feel good, though…)

Just thought I’d share this for those going through the same thing. Moral of story: Change your viewpoint of tkr rehab. Instead of looking at it as simply a way to get most usage out of your tkr, view it also as cardio. You’re helping your knee and heart health.

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