Posted by Jordan Y on March 14, 2013
Stomp, stomp stomp go the joggers feet pounding against the ground. Compared to the swift motion and glide of roller skating, running is not the best form of exercise or rehab for bringing your lower body back to full strength.
Not only is roller skating one of the most popular forms of exercise, burning 350-600 calories per hour (depending on weight) and having fun while doing it, but it has become a common form of rehab for strengthening knees and legs after surgery.
After you kiss your cast and crutches goodbye, look no further than a pair of roller skates to restore your joint strength and increase muscular mobility.
Jogging and running bears much more shock and impact to your knees than roller skating. When your goal is to repair muscle fibers and tissue roller skating is the best route to go.
After your doctor signs off on your ability to perform physical activity, it’s time to reach for the skates.
Here is a list of activities and guidelines to help you roll toward a healthy state for post-surgery therapy. Remember to consult with your therapist and doctor to get their consent to start skating after rehab.
Roller skating is great for your health and recommended for post surgery therapy. The roller rink can be a more aggressive environment than your neighborhood or a stroll around a lake so consider your limits and the location where you will exercise. Stay safe and get healthy.