What exercises are best for Hip Replacement?

After 15 years helping people prepare for and recover from their hip replacement surgery with exercises, I have learned which ones are essential for a strong return to function. You probably are reading this with many questions you want answers for and to be guided with knowledge and expertise. The exciting news is that by deciding to do some stretches, cardiovascular training, and a handful of strength exercises, you can have a valuable impact on the speed of your recovery, how you feel, and how much you are able to do post surgery. Below I am going to give you the top tips you need to know about exercise and your hip replacement. Imagine we are sitting down for an hour consultation and I am answering all your questions with the goal to give you a solid framework from which to build your own exercise program.

What is the best type of cardiovascular exercise I can do for my hip replacement?

That is a great question and I am going to answer it in two parts depending on if you are pre operation or post surgery. Prior to surgery often the upright bicycle in a weight room is best because there is no load or weight bearing so it will not aggravate pain or cause inflammation. However, it is very important to keep up walking and some weight bearing activity with walking whether that be outside or on a treadmill. The key with walking is to let pain be your guide; you will need to monitor the pain both during and after and then adjust the volume of walking accordingly. Post surgery again, the combination can be stationary cycling on the upright bike and the treadmill, but post surgery the emphasis will be on increasing your walking volume as the weight bearing will build your endurance and strength back up. Please note that the Elliptical trainer is not nearly as good as the treadmill because you never have to transfer weight or load unilaterally on one leg; therefore the operated leg will not gain as much strength back as you can when using the treadmill.

What are the stretches I need most for my hip replacement?

Again, I will answer this question in two parts for what stretches are best pre operation and which ones will be required post hip surgery.

Best stretches pre hip replacement surgey & precautions:

  • Hip Flexor (seated, kneeling, lying one leg off bench/bed)
  • Quadricep (standing, side lying)
  • Hamstring (supine)
  • Groin (supine)
  • Calf stretch
  • Gluteals
  • IT band / Illiotibial band (standing, supine)
  • Abdominals

Please note that all stretches should always and only be done in your pain free range of motion, so it is imperative you listen to your body.

Best stretches post hip replacement surgery & precautions:

  • Hamstring (supine or seated on chair) *hip bend must be no more than 90 degrees and this stretch should be supervised by physiotherapist in the first 6 weeks and only gradually implemented in range after the 6 week mark as there is always a risk of dislocation if you go past the 90 degree bend
  • Hip Flexor ( seated or supine) *If your incision is anterior at the front of your hip, please wait the full 6 weeks post surgery to do this one unless advised by your doctor or physiotherapist before then and under their direct supervision.
  • Quadricep (prone) * you may want or need a pillow under pelvis
  • IT Band / Illiotibial Band *avoid this stretch if you have a lateral incision for at least the first 6-8 weeks; however you can roll it and massage it as long as you stay clear of the hip bone and the incision site if painful
  • Calf stretch standing
  • **Avoid the groin stretch for potentially up to 3 months or longer because it is external rotation of the hip which is a contraindication, ask to be shown gentle groin stretches you can do that will not externally rotate the hip
  • Gluteals ***again the traditional gluteal stretches involve external rotation of the hip which is a contraindication after hip replacement surgery; however you can do some gentle massaging, small ball rolling away from your tailbone, surgery site, and always only where it feels good after the 3 month mark unless otherwise advise by your medical team
  • Abdominals to correct posture and open you up

What are the most important strength exercises I need for hip replacement surgery?

Pre Hip Replacement strength exercises:

Often prior to surgery depending on how advanced the osteoarthritis is and your pain level, there are two key exercises that are a must for a strong recovery:

1. Gluteus medius doing the clam shell or side leg raise (non weight bearing)
2. Gluteus maximus prone from the floor, bench, bed or in 4 point stance
The squat can be a good exercise for some people, but I often see clients take all the load in their good leg which can create more imbalance.

Best strength exercises to do post hip replacement surgery:

Your strength exercises for post hip replacement surgery should be done in progressions from non weight bearing to weight bearing and are dependent on time from surgery date with 6-8 weeks being a rule of thumb to gradually add in more weight bearing as tolerated.

  • Clam Shell and / or progress to side leg raise
  • Prone hip extension
  • Standing lateral side step with band or crab walk with band
  • One leg balance and hold starting at 5-10 seconds
  • Bridge lift, bridge marching with short pause/hold up
  • Standing band/cable hip extension
  • Shuttle 1 leg press
  • Step ups single riser to start (low step height)
  • Squats watching and feeling for equal weight bearing

This is just a quick summary of the major points on the best exercises you need to do prior to and post hip replacement surgery to have a good recovery and function. For more in depth details on receiving a complete hip replacement exercise program you can follow visit here: Hip Replacement Exercise Progam

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Hip Replacement Exercise Program

Hip Replacement strength exercisesThe number one best action step you can take to prepare for or recover from hip replacement surgery is to participate in a hip replacement exercise program. When you perform specific exercises for hip arthritis pre surgery, you will decrease stiffness and pain in your hip joint. In addition, pre operation exercises help you to maintain and possibly gain range of motion and strength around your hip joint. All of these exercises contribute to better recovery post hip replacement surgery. Then after your surgery, the importance of hip exercises and following a complete exercise program will help you recover faster and stronger. Overall, exercises for your hip both pre and post operation determine the speed, strength, and success of your recovery.

Pre Operation Hip Replacement Exercises

There are a lot of changes taking place in both your joint and the muscles surrounding your hip joint pre operation.  Hip osteoarthritis creates deterioration in your hip joint due to loss of cartilage and then wear and tear friction on the bones.  This causes a decreased range of motion at your hip joint partially due to the instability of the joint and also due to the corresponding pain. When you feel pain and have joint instability, the muscles around the hip joint tighten in an attempt to stabilize and decrease the discomfort.  All of these reactions compound and lead to lack of use which produces weak muscles all around the joint.  Therefore, prior to surgery your body is undergoing major biomechanical changes that include loss of range of motion, tight muscles, and a decrease in strength.  These are the reasons why a hip replacement exercise program is so important pre surgery.

Exercises for Hip Replacement Pre Surgery

Contrary to what your hip joint may be telling you with its pain and limitations in movement, participating in gentle range of motion, stretching, and strength exercises, is exactly what it needs.  There are three goals of a pre operation hip exercise program.  The first goal includes gentle range of motion exercises that will be best done non weight bearing. This means you can do range of motion exercises lying down or you also have the option of going into the pool.  The next step includes stretching all the tight muscles that are building around your joint and contributing to its decreased range.  Your hamstrings, iliotibial band, hip flexors, quadriceps, gluteals, and adductors may all require gentle, pain free stretching.  Maintaining some muscle strength prior to hip surgery is the final goal in the pre-operation exercise program.  Again, the strength exercises you do will most likely need to be non weight bearing dependent upon pain.

It is important to note here that if you have chosen the pool as your exercise program, that it would be extremely beneficial for you to add in some body weight lying down hip strength exercises as well.  The muscular endurance exercises you do using your own body weight outside of the pool will give you better strength for the demands of daily living and therefore improved recovery post hip surgery.

Post Hip Replacement Surgery Exercise Program

The good news is that if you memorized the three goals of the hip replacement exercise program pre operation, then you only need to remember and apply two of them post surgery.  As you will learn there are restrictions of range of motion your doctor and physiotherapist will advise you of after surgery.  What this means is that your post hip replacement exercise program only needs to focus on strength exercises for your weak muscles and stretches for your tight muscles.  In addition, the other exciting change post operation, is that you will most likely be out of pain and that means we can also include weight bearing exercises.

The hip replacement exercise program I had all of my clients follow post surgery would start with non weight bearing exercises to gradually build their strength back up, but then we would slowly add in the weight bearing exercises.  It is important to strengthen all the muscles surrounding your hip joint including your gluteals, quadriceps, and hamstrings if required.  The feel good part of the post operation hip replacement exercise program is definitely the stretches that will loosen all the tight muscles that have shortened due to pain,  joint instability, and the surgery.

Where do I find a Hip Replacement Exercise Program?

Engaging in an exercise program pre and post hip replacement surgery is essential to maintain daily function, recover quicker, and feel better overall.  There are a few options available to you when you go looking for a hip exercise program. Some hospitals now offer both a pre and post operation exercise program, but there may be a wait list or you may only be able to use it for a specified time.  Then there is the option of searching for a community based hip osteoarthritis exercise program. It is possible to find these through your local community health provider or at a recreation center who would offer both pool and land based exercise classes.  Lastly, if you are self motivated, want to do exercises at home, and are limited on both time or transportation, is the option of a home exercise program.

There is a comprehensive hip replacement exercise program available in both e-Book and video that is an excellent resource to have at your fingertips; it highlights exercises you can do from the comfort of your home, details of the correct technique, and offers many pictures and exercise demonstrations.  For a complete hip replacement exercise program which includes both pre and post operation hip exercises click here.

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Top 10 Tips For Hips: Exercises Pre & Post Hip Replacement

The Top 10 Essential Exercise Tips for Hips

If you could create the best possible recovery post hip replacement surgery and only needed to know what to do, would you want to know? If you knew exercise would give you pain relief pre hip replacement surgery and return you to good function in a timely manner post operation, would you give it a try? Exercise is the number one best thing you can do to alleviate the pain from your stiff arthritic hip and to recover strong after having a hip replacement operation. Learning the right type of exercise and which exercises are best is very important. Here is a top 10 list of the best exercises to strengthen your hips both pre and post hip surgery.

Here are the absolute essentials for a great hip exercise program:

Priority #1: Strong Gluteals! Gluteus Maximus, Medius, Minimus
Priority #2: Stretch your hip flexors or illiopsoas muscle
Priority #3: Backward Walking
Priority #4: Gait training (heel toe and endurance)
Priority #5: Check Hamstring flexibility
Priority #6: Step Ups (do post-op only, pre-op is pain dependent)
Priority #7: Core exercises to stabilize pelvis & help posture
Priority #8: Posture awareness, stretches to correct poor posture
Priority #9: Functional exercises to help you manage daily tasks
Priority #10: Aerobic exercise to rebuild cardiovascular conditioning and loosen stiffness

You will want to ensure all of the above components are part of your hip exercise program. Combining all of these exercise goals for hip strength will give you the best opportunity for optimal recovery, balancing your body, maintaining function, and to achieve overall well being.

I have purchased your online video hip replacement exercises and love it. Your tips and instruction are wonderful and I like your attention to form, it is very beneficial. I feel like I have a personal training session with you every time I use it. Thanks again and all the best with your invaluable coaching and assistance.” Lesley MacMillan

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Top 10 Exercise Goals for Hip Replacement & Hip Arthritis

If you knew that you could positively impact the management of your arthritis and recover strong post hip replacement surgery, would you take an active role?  Is the only thing standing between you and taking action, not knowing what to do?  Well, this article is a compilation of the most important things you can do for yourself to ease the pain and stiffness you feel from arthritis. These recommendations are a summary of the most successful tips which have helped participants with hip arthritis and hip replacements that I have specialized with over the past decade.  Exercise can mean the difference between limping and walking strong, being independent or needing assistance, feeling confident or being afraid you will fall, and having freedom to do what you want or struggling with limitations.  Here are a few suggestions to help you with where to focus on your hip exercise program and what will improve the mobility of your hip joint:

  1. Perform non weight bearing range of motion exercises pre operation. The nature of arthritis and the first impact you will feel is the stiffening of your hip joint which decreases range of motion.  Your goal will be to maintain as much range of motion as possible, but within your pain free range.  Gentle guided range of motion exercises where the weight of your body is supported will help to loosen the hip joint and prevent further loss of range.  The stationary bicycle or pool are great options for this.  You could also have a physiotherapist or personal trainer show you exercises.
  2. Strengthen your gluteus medius and gluteus maximus muscles! These two muscles strengthen and stabilize the hip joint.  They are the muscles that will atrophy or weaken first with the pain and lack of use of your hip due to the arthritis.  There are numerous exercises you can do for these muscle groups and the strength in these muscles will determine the success of your recovery post surgery.  It is imperative you strengthen these muscles.
  3. Stretch tight muscles that may limit your ability with daily tasks. The muscles that become tight with hip arthritis and hip replacement include the following: hip flexor, hamstring, quadriceps, illiotibial band, calves.  By stretching these muscles you will improve your range of motion, walk with better gait, stand taller enhancing your posture, and decrease aches and pains associated with tight muscles.
  4. Make sure you walk a lot post hip replacement surgery. Walking daily post surgery for a time or distance suitable to your ability will really help your recovery, increase your stamina, and strengthen your hip.  Walking is the number one cardiovascular option to strengthen your hip post surgery above cycling, the elliptical, and the pool.
  5. One leg balance exercises are extremely important to build back hip stability and improve your gait. If you are living with hip arthritis or pre operation, then one leg balance exercises may be too painful; however, if you are post hip replacement surgery, then gradually introducing the one leg balance exercise two to three months post operation is really important.  If you have weak muscles or are a heavier set person, then you may need to wait longer to introduce the one leg balance and you will need to strengthen your muscles first.
  6. Include unilateral or one leg strength exercises into your exercise program and do sets on both legs. The leg with hip arthritis can become very weak or at least weaker than your other leg.  Performing one leg muscular endurance exercises such as the shuttle or step ups are excellent for balancing the strength between your two legs.  When the strength between your two legs is imbalanced, it can lead to poor gait, postural deviations, muscle shortening, and possibly pain.
  7. Strengthen your core muscles which include the deep muscles of your abdominals and your back. Having good core muscles will stabilize your pelvis, improve your posture, and help both your gait and balance.  These muscles will most likely weaken due to the progression and pain associated with arthritis.  When you include exercises in your routine for these muscles, they will assist you in your daily functioning.
  8. The most important muscle actions or movement patterns that are a must in the pre and post exercise program are hip extension and hip abduction. There are non weight bearing and weight bearing exercises for these two movement patterns so they can be done for people with hip arthritis pre surgery as well as post surgery.  When you include these movement patterns into your exercise program, you will be dynamically stretching the hip joint and strengthening it simultaneously.  Even if they feel difficult, they often feel good to do or make you feel better after doing them.
  9. Attend to your posture by implementing corrective exercises. There are sometimes drastic postural changes that happen when people suffer with hip arthritis for a long time.  These deviations of posture are caused by tight muscles, hip pain, instability in balance, and range of motion limitations.  Stretching the muscles that become shortened and strengthening the muscles that become overstretched and weak will improve your posture.
  10. Make rest, nutrition, and weight management part of your overall hip exercise program. Eating a nutritious diet is important pre and post surgery for optimal recovery.  Keeping your weight in a healthy range will reduce the overall load on your hip and not only speed recovery, but improve your overall functional ability.  Taking rest days from exercise will allow the joint to heal and give the muscles the time they need to grow.  Too much exercise will most definitely set you back and impede your progress.  I have seen this happen often!  Two days of exercise in a row should be the maximum.

You are an integral player in the daily management of your arthritis and your recovery from surgery.  Exercise in the form of range of motion, stretching, strength, and cardiovascular conditioning will hugely impact your independence, confidence, and overall feeling of wellbeing.  Start here with these ideas to build yourself a strong, supple, well functioning hip joint! Good luck!

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Core Exercises for Hip Osteoarthritis and Hip Replacement

Whether you are awaiting hip replacement surgery or are recovering post surgery, there are excellent core exercises you can do at home to strengthen your hip.  There are specific muscles that become weak around the hip when you have hip osteoarthritis.  In order to recover strong and return to good function post operation, it is imperative you do a series of specialized hip replacement exercises.

The core exercises that are most important for hip replacement target the gluteal muscles, the deep abdominal muscles, and the adductor muscle group.  These muscles comprise the core musculature that stabilizes the hips and pelvis. They become very weak and unstable due to the pain and decrease of use caused by osteoarthritis as well as the trauma to the joint during surgery.  You play a key role in the success of your recovery just by actively engaging in a few simple strength exercises that can be done from the comfort of your home.

It is the gluteal muscles that take center stage in importance for you to strengthen both pre and post operation.  These gluteal muscles help secure the hip joint and stabilize the pelvis.  If these muscles have sufficient strength, they act like a fortress around your joint.  In addition to their purpose of assisting you with everyday hip function mobility, they also contribute to balance, posture, and back health.  It only takes a few exercises and a small commitment of your time to make a huge difference in your hip strength and recovery post surgery.  There are a variety of hip replacement exercises that strengthen your gluteals.  The gluteus medius is your lateral hip muscle and one of the best exercises for it is the clam shell.  Your other gluteal muscle is the gluteus maximus and it is worked with the supine bridge lift exercise.

The second most important core muscles you need to strengthen pre and post hip replacement are your deep abdominals technically called your transverse abdominals and pelvic floor muscles.  Sometimes there is so much emphasis placed on building and maintaining leg strength that the deep abdominals get forgotten.  The reason you want to include the transverse abdominals in your hip strengthening program is because these muscles become weak and may stop working properly.  When they become weak, they impact your ability to have good gait, hold tall posture, balance well, and have a healthy back.  Heel slides and the four point kneeling draw up are excellent deep abdominal exercises to start with.  You could then progress to the more advanced plank.

Lastly and perhaps not essential for every hip replacement patient, are the core muscles of the hip called the adductor group.  These muscles comprise what most people refer to as the inner thigh muscles that run down the medially aspect of your leg from your hip to your knee.  Rather than helping with lateral movement of the hip away from your body, they function to draw the leg toward the midline of your body.  They may be really weak for some of you both pre and post surgery or they could be tight and strong.  Please note that they could be both tight and weak; therefore the best recommendation is to test your strength in these muscles prior to adding in an exercise for them.  A simple exercise to begin with that will strengthen the adductors is the seated ball squeeze and hold.  This is also a great exercise to work on holding and building good postural alignment by engaging your core muscles.

When you think of the word core and its meaning, visualize the muscles that sit closest to your joints, pelvis, and spine.  It is these deep muscles that lie at the center under the big, gross motor muscles that must be strong first in order to gain stability and proper function.  The speed of your recovery and return to efficient every day activities depends on your strength in these core muscles.  Actively participating in these hip replacement exercises pre and post operation will give you stability, confidence, improved gait, better posture and balance, and an increased ease of movement.  Set up a three times a week schedule for yourself where you perform 15 repetitions and 2 to 3 sets of each exercise.  So it’s time for you to go get started, have fun, and feel better!

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The Best Hip Replacement Exercises to do Post Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip osteoarthritis and hip replacement surgery cause huge musculoskeletal, postural, balance, and gait changes in your body.  Doing specific hip replacement exercises on a consistent basis will limit these concerns and build your physical ability and strength to do daily activities.  Due to common muscular and functional decreases brought about by hip osteoarthritis and hip replacement surgery, there are specific exercises that are best to help you recover.  There are four main categories of exercises you will want to focus on to rehabilitate your hip and they are strength, posture, balance, and gait.

The most important strength exercises you need after hip replacement surgery are the ones that target your gluteus medius and gluteus maximus.  The clam shell and side leg raise exercise help to target your gluteus medius while hip extension exercises strengthen your gluteus maximus. The next area of strength you will want to focus on will be building back the strength of the quadriceps muscle in the operated leg.  It is important to work on overall symmetry of strength between your two legs.  What often gets forgotten in a strength program post hip replacement surgery is the importance of regaining a good solid core.  Your core muscles require you to build back muscular endurance to stabilize your pelvis, support your back, and aid in good posture.  It is best to just begin with supine transverse abdominal and pelvic floor engagement.  As your muscles get stronger, it will be important to advance to functional strength exercises.

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Posture is another key component that you will want to plan your post hip replacement exercise program around.  A lot of the postural changes occur due to pain avoidance, range of motion changes, and tight muscles.  The most important exercises to do that will loosen shortened muscles and increase range of motion after surgery include stretches for the quadriceps, hip flexors, abdominals, chest, hamstring, and the gastrocnemius.  Postural deviations are often the result of an interaction of tight muscles and weak muscles. Therefore, in addition to stretching, you will need to strengthen your core, your hip muscles, and your posterior shoulder stabilizers. A few exercise suggestions to target these areas include bridges, the four point superman, one leg balancing, and the seated or standing row. There are many exercises to choose from and it is highly recommended to see a personal trainer or kinesiologist who can design a safe, effective program for you.

Not only does your strength and posture change after hip replacement, but you most likely will also experience a significant decrease in your ability to balance.  Balance first and foremost is strong when you have a good center of gravity which comes from strong core abdominal muscles and good body alignment.  Your alignment is in part due to muscles not being too tight and having muscular endurance to stabilize your body when you are standing and in motion.  One leg balancing is the best and most simple exercise to begin with.  It is crucial that you receive clearance from your surgeon or physiotherapist of when you can begin one leg balancing.  Please be aware that the one leg balance exercise may not be advised prior to six to eight weeks after your surgery and this time may be prolonged if you are weak or have a higher body weight.  Also make sure to ensure safety by being near something to hold or having a spotter nearby.

All of these exercise components of strength, posture, and balance will help improve your gait. If you do the exercises highlighted for each of these categories, they will carry over and compliment your gait technique.  Having a regular consistent walking program with a gradual increase in distance will also improve your overall ability to walk strong and confidently.  As gait requires you to balance on one leg and transfer your body weight, one leg balance exercises are very important to foster good gait.

Here you can see that recovery post hip replacement surgery is due in large part to a series of specific hip replacement exercises.  The exercises are not difficult, but rather just require time and attention to form.  Have a trained professional create a specialized exercise program for you and watch your technique.  By being an active participant in your recovery, you will increase both the speed of your recovery and your overall functional ability.

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The Importance of Exercise Pre Hip Replacement Surgery


Ensuring A Strong Recovery

One of the most influential steps you can take to recover strong after hip replacement surgery is participating in strength exercises pre operation.   Engaging in specific hip replacement exercises prior to surgery will help you rehabilitate quicker and have greater strength post replacement.  There are non weight bearing exercises you will be able to do that will help to build your hip strength even though you may have pain and limited range of motion.  You will be able to work around this pain by doing non weight bearing exercises and working with your pain free range of motion.  There are numerous benefits to why it is absolutely crucial you do some exercise prior to your hip replacement surgery.

The Importance Of Exercise

Osteoarthritis of the hip can become very painful and leave you with a stiff feeling hip joint where you lose range of motion.  This discomfort naturally makes you feel like not doing much of anything and limits your activity.  Ironically, light intensity movement that works your joint through a pain free range of motion will lubricate your hip joint and ease some of the pain and stiffness you are experiencing, at least temporarily.  Your hip will most likely prefer non weight bearing activity and range of motion exercises where it guides the hip through a small, non painful range.  Stationary cycling and swimming are excellent options to engage in pre operation.  Be careful of the breast stroke or movements that take your hip through a larger range of motion that may cause pain afterwards.

Not only will participating in gentle range of motion exercises provide some relief for you pre operation, it will also help prevent loss of more range of motion, and help you maintain some cardiovascular conditioning.

Avoiding Muscle Atrophy

Another reason it is important to exercise pre hip replacement surgery, is that the pain you feel causes a decrease in weight bearing and use of the leg with osteoarthritis.  This produces a substantial loss of overall muscle strength in your leg sometimes to the point of atrophy which is drastic muscle tone loss.  When this happens, if you were to not exercise at all pre operation, it would take much longer to build back strength in the muscles post surgery.  This is why it is crucial you do muscular endurance strength exercises pre operation so that you can speed up your recovery time.  Again, there are a lot of non weight bearing strength exercises you can do pre operation that will not aggravate your joint and that will help you prevent further strength loss.  You will want to focus your strength exercises on the gluteal muscles and your quadriceps muscles.

Maintaining Aerobic Capacity

We have touched on how pre operation exercise can help range of motion and strength, but there is one more fitness component that deteriorates as you wait for your operation and that is your cardiovascular conditioning.  As the pain increases in your hip joint and you begin to feel stiffening, all activity including walking decreases; this overall reduction in movement reduces your aerobic capacity.  Not only will engaging in light, non weight bearing cardiovascular exercise pre operation make your joint and body feel better, but it will also help to prevent loss of aerobic capacity.  In addition, it will help you to manage stress, boost your mood, relax your body, and makes you feel better overall.

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The pool is a great place to do your cardiovascular workout by engaging in either an arthrocize class or swimming laps.  You can even get a water belt which allows you to walk or do aqua jogging floating in the deep end; this can be a great workout.  Stationary cycling on an upright bike is another fabulous aerobic option for you to keep up your cardiovascular fitness pre operation.  One new machine that some gyms will have that has also been suggested as an option is the Nustep.  As you can see participating in aerobic exercise prior to your hip replacement surgery will give you great benefits both before and after surgery.

To summarize, what you are most inclined to do pre operation is to decrease activity and move less; however, as you can see here there are numerous benefits of doing cardiovascular conditioning pre operation that make it an essential element to a successful recovery.  We have just begun to touch on a few of the safe, effective hip replacement exercises available to you pre operation.  Use pain as your guide and always work within your pain free range of motion.  You will feel so much better when you engage in exercise to prepare for your hip replacement surgery and it will definitely foster a stronger, quicker recovery post operation.

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