The Best Recumbent Bike for Home Use After a Knee-Replacement Surgery
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The best recumbent bicycle for home use after a knee replacement will be used to strengthen and stretch the muscles surrounding your knee replacement to provide your new knee with the needed support. Your rehabilitation may differ from other patients, so always check with your doctor before you start any new exercise program.
The best recumbent bicycle for home use after a knee replacement places little, if any, stress upon your new knee. Any form of bicycling is classified as a low-impact activity that can be useful for those afflicted with joint ailments, including those who are rehabilitating from a knee replacement. Low-impact activities do not pound the joints as much as other cardiovascular activities that use higher levels of weight-bearing, such as jogging or running.
The best recumbent bicycle for home use after a knee replacement needs to include a variety of gears. Choosing the proper gear allows your knee to go through the entire pedaling motion in a smooth manner that promotes muscle strengthening and joint flexibility. If you are new to recuperation, setting the gear at a low level helps reduce joint stress. As your recuperation progresses and your knee area becomes stronger, gradually increase the gears.
The best recumbent bicycle for home use after a knee replacement will include foot clamps. Foot, or toe, clamps are straps attached to the pedal that secure your foot onto the pedal and prevent slippage. Keeping your feet firmly on the pedals decreases risk of injury, promotes proper body alignment, improves the pedaling motion, applies continuous pressure, increases resistance during the lifting portion of the pedaling maneuver, strengthens leg muscles and enhances cardiovascular health.
The best recumbent bicycle for home use after a knee replacement will increase your sense of balance. Recumbent bicycles have a low center point of gravity, which can help individuals with poor balance. Knee-replacement patients have impaired quadriceps' strength and functioning, which affects overall balance and performing daily activities, such as walking.
Take into consideration a number of factors while choosing your recumbent bike after a knee replacement. Consider starting out for only five minutes with zero resistance. Once you become stronger and your pain level decreases, build your tolerance and strength by adding five-minute increments and increase the resistance level by one. Remember to stay hydrated during your bicycle usage by drinking plenty of water or fluids. Drink before you are thirsty and throughout your workout. Consider your home space before purchasing your recumbent and allow yourself ample space to use your bike. Remember to warm up your muscles prior to riding your recumbent bike to prevent injury.
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