Question:I know I need to exercise more. But after my total hip replacement, I seemed to just lose my get-up-and-go. I'm more active now than I was before the operation. Is that enough?
Answer:More and more evidence points to the importance of regular physical activity to stay healthy. One reason pepole have a total hip replacement is to reduce pain. This usually leads to an increase in their activity level.
There's also quite a bit of evidence to support the benefits of exercise for anyone with osteoarthritis. Fort the sake of all your joints, exercise is a good preventive activity.
Just being aware of the change in your focus and motivation is a good place to start. It may be helpful to join an exercise group to get you moving more. Or perhaps there's a friend who would be willing to join you on walks. Many communitities have a mall walking program. Or look for an aquatics exercise program at your local YMCA or other health/fitness club.
Try to add one minute of exercise or activity to each day -- even if it's just walking around the block. By the end of a month, you will be up to 30 minutes each day. The goal is to exercise at a moderate intensity 30 minutes daily, five to seven times a week.Robert Wagenmakers, MD, et al. Predictive Value of the Western Ontarios and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index for the Amount of Physical Activity After Total Hip Arthroplasty. In Physical Therapy. February 2008. Vol. 88. No. 2. Pp. 211-218.
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