We want you to continue to be active after your total knee replacement. There is no doubt that a continued active lifestyle leads to better health and personal satisfaction. Most hip and knee doctors recommend that you can continue to play sports such as the following:
- Swimming – A great way to exercise without putting stress on your artificial knee. Most patients can resume swimming once the incision over their knee replacement has healed
- Cycling – Excellent way to regain strength after a total knee replacement. Begin by pedaling backward on a stationary bike while you gradually regain strength in your knee before progressing to regular biking
- Weight lifting – A great way to build strength and minimize pain. Use appropriate weights and consider the advice of a physical therapist or personal trainer.
- Elliptical machines – An excellent substitute for running as you can move faster than walking without the impact of jogging.
- Walking – Low impact activity. Start with shorter, smaller steps as you work you way up to longer distances
- Downhill skiing or surfing – If you have previous experience in this area, you may resume water and winter sports. Be cautious and avoid extreme sports.
- Yoga – Great way to improve the flexibility and health of the knee. There may be limitations.
- Calisthenics – Many gyms offer calisthenic classes. Avoid high-impact exercises.
- Golf – Excellent way to get your walking miles in and exercise your upper and lower body. Spend time warming up at the driving range and consider using a golf cart when going out.
- Doubles tennis – Much less requirement for movement compared to singles tennis. Avoid high impact running.
Higher impact activities that you may want to avoid include: running, basketball, jogging, soccer, football, power-lifting, and skydiving.