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Exercise has been hard since my hip replacement surgery back in February and I really haven’t been able to do much exercise at all because my one leg doesn’t bend and there is only so much you can do that don’t involve leg movement. I do hip exercises given to me by physical therapy to improve my hip strength but I don’t consider that exercise because I don’t break a sweat. Resistance training exercises have been my go two but since that is all I have done the last few months they are no longer effective. Core workouts are next to impossible unless I stick to crunches because most core workouts either require you to hold your leg in a certain way or move it a lot and I can do neither of those things! My strength training routine is not the same as it was because prior to surgery ninety percent of my workout was bodyweight movements like planks! Strength training surprisingly has always been my least favorite way to exercise but lately, it’s the only way I can exercise so I am learning to love it! I wasn’t sure how successful strength training would or if I could lift weights at all because moving around is not easy but I made it work with modifcations. In this post I am going to to talk about my first experience with working out while still recovering from hip surgery and having less mobility than I usually would.
I gained strength-Most people who don’t work out for several months have setbacks and end up losing a lot of strength but not me! I have not done any challenging workout since I had surgery in February and was fully prepared to do need my lighter weights but I was suprised I didn’t need them and could do my workouts better than I could before surgery. I was stronger than I was before and was able to complete routines with my heavier weight that I have never even been able to get halfway through with my lighter ones. I’ve been wanting to increase my weights because they were starting to get easy but I put a hold on that when I had surgery. I wasn’t sure how much strength I was going to lose because for all I knew I could have had major setbacks that took me years to get back How did I improve strength without doing a set workout? My hip flexibility and mobility was not great and just to lift my leg two inches off the ground took a lot of energy and basically is like doing an arm, ab and cardio workout all in one. It’s not hard as it was in the beginning but its still hard and takes a lot more effort than it ever used to. During my hip recovery I was also doing two minutes of several different seated resistance exercises which I think also helped.
I was given medical clearance to start normal activities back in April or May and would have resumed exercise as soon as my doctor gave me clearance like I have with all my other surgeries but this one was different. I could not get on my knees comfortably for several months and until I was comfortable it was not safe for me to try especially with a heavyweight in my hand. I could probably make resistance training more effective by doing different exercises but what I am learning about myself is that I am not consistent with my exercises unless I have a coach even if it’s a virtual one! I don’t think creating routines or doing routines on my own is fun and I can’t motivate myself to do workouts I am basically yawning through! I knew strength training was going to be a challenge and not the same as it was before surgery but I had to try because I was basically doing nothing. I was doing something occasionally but it was not consistent and when it comes to exercise you want to try and be as consistent as you can to get the benefits of it. I didn’t start strength training because I thought I needed it but there are some moves that don’t specifically target hips but it can help with hip mobility. I need something that will speed up my record-breaking slow recovery because every little bit helps and it can hurt! How do you exercise after hip replacement surgery and have you considered weight lifting or any other kind of strength training?
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