Having shingles had put me back completely in my rehabilitation from my total knee replacement seven months ago. It was now February and it felt as if I had gone backwards in my fitness since the New Year. It was so dispiriting.
I had to start building up my fitness again gradually by:-
-increasing the number of steps that I was walking
-trying to walk faster and up hills so that my cardiovascular strength improved
-going on my exercise bike again
-practising my knee exercises again
I tried to fit as much walking as I could into my day, by-:
-walking to the tube and not taking the bus
-listening to podcasts on solo walks by the river
-spending time exploring different parts of London by hopping on a random bus and seeing where it took me
-going on longer walks at the weekend in the countryside.
My knee coped with its first outing in snow and ice on a walk in Hampshire, something that would have been near impossible before the operation. It was just lovely to be out in the countryside and not be able to hear a car.
At the end of the month, I went to see the physio for the first time since before Christmas. She immediately noticed that my gait had improved and so had my ROM. I actually had a visible quad muscle.
I now had more advanced exercises to do. It felt that my own New Year had started in February and it had ended up a good month.