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I need knee replacement surgery. What can I do as an exercise that will not put stress on my knees? — FoodFit User, CA

Richard Cotton

Answer:

I have had good luck with exercising knee-replacement candidates on a stationary bike and certainly on an upper body ergometer. Upper body ergometers are pedal-like devices for your arms. They can be found in some gyms and physical therapy centers. If you are able to tolerate short durations on a bike and possibly a stepper, try three to five short duration sessions (one to 10 minutes) spaced throughout the day.

If the aerobic activity is completely out until after your surgery, you can use the time to start a strength-training program. Most of the exercises can be done from a seated position, and many knee-replacement candidates can even do simple quarter squats without a problem.

Remember, you should always check with your physician before trying any new activity. Good luck!

About Richard Cotton

Richard T. Cotton is the chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Richard oversees the ACE's studies and evaluations on fitness products and serves as the ACE's media spokesperson for these studies and other health and fitness issues. He has written numerous articles on health and fitness-related topics such as the importance of certification and safe and effective exercise techniques.


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