Actually, you should be looking to impact your knees, in a positive way, by doing strengthening and stretching exercises to augment your regular routine in preparation for any major surgery like Knee Replacement. WebMD offers facts on TKR preparation and the article states that performance of upper body strength training will certainly assist you in managing a cane, crutches or walker during your post-operative recovery. The key is to integrate the stretching and strengthening program into the cardiovascular workout you are currently performing in the pool.
This may not be the best time to alter your training and possibly risking further knee complication. Consider focusing on a lean, nutrient dense diet to reduce body fat and body mass and concentrate on the physical conditioning that will assist you in quickly recovering from surgery so that you can return to a lifestyle that will allow you to increase your efforts and progress toward your personal fitness and wellness goals in a timely manner.
Documentation by the Knee Society, founded in 1983, states that, Total knee replacement is a predictable and durable procedure. How you treat your new knee will influence its longevity. Therefore, it is important to know which activities are permissible and which are not following total knee replacement. The pain relief achieved by total knee replacement, combined with the correct regimen of exercise and sports, should improve the patient's overall health and quality of life.
The benefits of an active lifestyle have been well documented. Following total knee replacement, you should be instructed about limitations and have good self-control and self-awareness when returning to recreational sports. After surgery, most activities require some reflection and often some modification. Your level of expertise in your particular activity needs to be considered. Sports and fitness regimens must be individualized. Participation in sports and recreational activities should be discussed with your surgeon.
Recommended Activities: Cycling is an excellent aerobic workout. Calisthenics, swimming, low-resistance rowing, stationary skiing machines, walking, hiking, and low-resistance weight lifting all are excellent ways to maintain fitness without overstressing the implant. Suitable activities include bowling, croquet, golf, doubles tennis, table tennis, ballroom dancing and square dancing. Other activities that are suitable but slightly more risky include downhill skiing, scuba diving, in-line skating, ice skating, softball, volleyball, speed walking, horseback riding, hunting and low-impact aerobics.
Discouraged Activities: In general, patients who have undergone total knee replacement should avoid high-impact activities that cause high stress loads on the implant and therefore may increase the risk of early failure. Activities to avoid include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, high-impact aerobics, gymnastics, jogging, power lifting, rock climbing, hang gliding, and parachuting.