How to Maintain Exercise Mojo After A TKR

Hi everyone! It is so easy to lose interest in exercising when recuperating from a tkr. At first, the pain is so intense that the frustration level is….when is this going to end? I know that’s what it was like for me. And, the steps forward would be matched with steps backward. It’s unexpected. So…how do you stay motivated when all your gumption is out the window?

Take a break. By that I mean instead of doing your full set of tkr exercises, do one or two at a time. Do a couple later in the day. Break up your exercise routine.

Do isometrics. If the thought of doing your tkr rehab exercises is just too much, isometrics will help. They did in my case. While laying on either the sofa or bed, tighten your thigh and leg muscles. This strengthens your muscles and allows you to use them more efficiently. You’re getting exercise, only it may not seem like it.

Realize it is temporary. Everyone gets discouraged at times, it is only human. Instead of getting upset over your motivation being gone, accept the fact. It will pass.

Get off the sofa. The process of moving around will increase your physical activity. Something as simple as walking (did I say “simple” for a tkr patient?!) will help your tkr situation.

Don’t listen to what others say. People who haven’t gone through a tkr usually do not understand how difficult the recuperation process is. I know this suggestion is easier said than done.

Watch a comedy. Laugh until you cry. Laughter has a tendency to soothe the soul and massage your innards. Personally, there’s nothing better than watching Curly shoot that live oyster in his oyster stew or try to slap it silly. Or, Moe yelling…”Up to the basement!” or calling all high society women “toots”. The scene when the Stooges are playing golf comes to mind. Moe is divoting up the entire green. The grounds keeper goes nuts. Moe’s response…”Aw, what are you grippin’ about? They’re getting smaller aren’t they?” lol…

Then there’s Larry trying to find the beginning of the wire. He keeps pulling on the wire until he circles the entire green and his head pops out of the ground. (You’ve got to see it to appreciate it.) And, Curly….he’s doing his laundry at the ball washer. OK…I’ll stop.

Or…the gopher in the original Caddyshack. Gotta love that vermin. Monty Python is another suggestion. Simple absurdity does it every time. 🙂

Hope this helps. It does get better. I promise.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Finding Humor – where?

Hi everyone. Even though every event seems to have some measure of humor in it (at least I’d like to think so), sometimes it is just plain hard to figure out where it lies. How do you go about finding humor in situations? Laughter is the best medicine. So…

  • Talk to an impartial person.  By telling your situation to another person, you can receive another angle or spin on your idea/situation.
  • Write down just the facts. Be objective. Don’t let any emotions come into play. This will help lay the groundwork.
  • Come back later to the facts. By doing this, you may gain needed insight.
  • Take a break from seriousness. Read something funny, watch a comedy (sometimes just life), etc. This will will lighten your mental state.
  • If all else fails, set your project aside for a few days.  Forget about it. You will have a new perspective. Then, go back at it.
  • Listen to music. Music soothes the soul, mind, and body. Relaxing opens doorways.
  • This is all easy for me to say now.  I have been working on my book project and some of the events just do not have any humor in them.  For instance, what can possibly be funny (or humorous) about fracturing your neck? Hmm…Wait a minute…I’m remembering something. 🙂

    Here’s to finding humor wherever you can. Good luck!

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    AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.