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Arnie here, just one week into joining the gym and I’m ripped !!! Caroline getting worried, I'll need all the strength I can muster to fight off all the young talent, very gentle weight exercises leg press, glutes, upper body (no weights, top slot) 30 mins cardio every day, sauna, steam & swim Friday, feeling a little a achy naturally, still get stutter step but not as bad. March 1 op so 7 month in hope it's a little encouraging to other hippys, still can't run though. Good luck all
 

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You’re certainly a character, Big Bad Arnold. :wink: You must keep, Caroline, laughing.
Glad you’re taking it easy and enjoying your time at the gym. Wonderful to hear youre noticing some improvement with the stutter steps. May it only get better.
Thanks for stopping by, JW. I always enjoy reading your updates. :)
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Arnie again , with another question and I suspect I know the answer already. Continuing with my gym & swim sessions which have consisted of warm up , stretches then 30 min bike / walking treadmill , warm 5 min CT, followed by some very limited leg weights and upper body stuff. What’s wrong with that I hear ? Well you see I have been feeling a little too sore , with a recurrence of my stutter step , not as bad , but noticeable.
Also feeling very mechanical around the new hip area when walking , with a feeling like I have no bounce in new hip , like the shock absorber has gone . So I had a rest weekend 4 days , but post resumption yesterday feeling quite sore today . Think I will leave legs alone for a while and concentrate on upper body and pool walking .
I have been reading ( oh no I hear you all say ) about DOMS , so I will ‘ curb my enthusiasm’
Any sensible suggestions .
reminder Mar 1 2021 THR . Posterior approach , progressive recovery .
 
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Rather than hit the gym, have you tried cross country walking?

The reason being it's much lower impact, walking across earth and grass is much gentler on both skeleton and muscles, and the ground undulations mean you have much more variability in each step. Walking on tracks should also improve your 'bounce', without causing the hard impacts that that may be making you tense up when working out indoors or on machines. Just choose your routes for distance and gradients or flat as appropriate for your fitness.
 

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Well you see I have been feeling a little too sore
So I had a rest weekend 4 days , but post resumption yesterday feeling quite sore today
Your body is speaking…and very clearly I might add, Arnie. :wink:
”PAIN IS YOUR BODY ASKING FOR CHANGE”
Excuse my shouting up above, but I want to make sure you understand what your wise body is telling you. :) Other than that…you seem to be doing great. Keep it up and stay in touch.
 

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Hi @JohnWilky :wave:
I read a couple of posts of yours over on Spoz’s thread and thought I’d bring the conversation over here as part of your recovery record. No apologies for what you referred to as mithering. Your contributions here are valuable and appreciated. You’ve been an encouragement to many and we thank you for that. We also appreciate your kind words in regard to BoneSmart.

While I’m not a medical professional, I don’t find it surprising that you may have a slower recovery than some due to early Parkinson’s. It does sound like you’re making great progress though and I’m sorry you recently dealt with the repercussions of pushing it somewhat with the exercise. Finding the perfect balance may take some trial and error, but if you‘re able to work in concert with the advice of your surgeon, or consultant, your Primary Care Physician and a trusted PT, hopefully through their advice you‘ll land in that sweet spot that works for you. Wondering if you’re scheduled for a visit with the surgeon at your one year anniversary and if so, whether you’d consider moving up the appointment for some professional feedback on your questions involving your progress, exercise or any therapy that may be advantageous for you?

You inquired on Spoz’s thread whether there is a difference between pain and aches that you should be able to recognize. My answer would be that if there is a general ache or fatigue you can attribute to your recent exercise or activity, that is somewhat normal, but pain that is escalating, or lingering necessitating the need for pain relievers may need to be investigated. I think your best option is to continue to go slow, allowing your body to guide you. I don’t understand the need for “vigorous“ exercise given your situation, but rather a steady / comfortable enough pace that benefits your physical and cardio health. Remember…full recovery can take an entire year and many notice and enjoy improvement into their second and even third year after their THR.
A wonderful rest of the week to you!
 
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Thanks L, you know a month doesn’t go without a post so hear goes latest.
March 1 this year so 9 month ‘ where I am ‘
Had no complications since day one , not on any meds , didn’t need painkillers after a couple of week.Had no visit to see surgeon was discharged after 6 week .
Now visiting the gym 3/4 times per week , warm includes 5 mins on CT then treadmill 5 mins , then bike 5 mins .
10 mins stretching ,
Back to treadmill for vigorous ( HITTs ) 30 minute walking , tough but satisfying.
Warm down 10 mins .
Weights for 3 x15 reps legs and upper body .
Swimming twice a week .
Static bike is not as comfortable as it was at first , so not too much.
Can’t say I’m feeling any pain , more a noticeable uncomfortable ache when walking.Stills feels mechanical .
Still having to ‘ get things going again, stutter step ‘ on rising of getting in/ out car.
Can’t run yet but have tried some short steps.
Can still feel it when walking/ strolling ( 2 mile)
No swelling , scar hardly noticeable ,sleeping fine although still use pillows between knees , more for comfort.
On Bonesmart advice ,I take it easy if I get too achy .
It’s taken longer than I thought ,wish Bonesmart would have told me it would taken a year …..
Otherwise considering I,m feeling well , gym has helped enormously esp with the Shakin Steven’s .
It’s fun trying to hold back the sands of time.
Good luck everyone
 

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wish Bonesmart would have told me it would taken a year
Or even longer for some and with early PD, you may be one of those that continue to notice improvement into the second and even third year post op. You have a good record of your recovery here and I hope you will continue sharing updates so we can follow your progress to improved strength and stability. You’re doing great, JW!
 

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@JohnWilkey.. I never could run again after my first 1999 hip surgery. In fact it’s still doing well. Fast walking on solid even level ground helps with a good heel to toe gate along with new shoes good arches …not the old ones with worn out to old gate before surgery. Also practice stomach muscles tightness with breathing techniques helps support those bones with a good core strength for back and hips.

Well… it sounds like your doing well. Just a reminder your still in long term healing mode. Get a message or two a week for calming and relaxing. Works wonders on the mind, body and spirit. Great for healing .
 

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