Had A Shoulder Replacement? Safe Exercises You Can Do To Shape Up

If you have had a shoulder replacement and are now all healed up, you can start to exercise again. There are some exercise that you should not do, however. Below are some safe exercises you can do to ensure you do not hurt your shoulder.  

Strengthening Exercises

To keep your shoulder stable, your doctor has likely told you that you can only pick up a certain amount of weight. For this reason, lifting weights is not a good idea for you. Instead of lifting weights, you can do some strengthening exercises instead. Some exercises that will work well for you include:

Strengthening Abdominal Muscles

To strengthen up your abdominal muscles, sit on the floor, place your hands beside you on the floor, bend your legs, and put a small exercise ball between your knees. Your feet should be resting on the floor. Squeeze your knees together so the ball stays secure. Lift your body towards your knees and as you do so lift up your knees towards your body. Repeat this exercises a few times per day, and you will soon notice your abdominal muscles tightening up.

Strengthening Your Legs

The lunge exercise tightens up your leg muscles, as well as your buttocks. To do this, stand up straight with your feet about hip width apart, place your hands on your hips, and lunge forward with one foot. Lunge out as far as you can. As you lunge, your upper body will lower. Do this a few times and then alternate to your other leg.

Strengthening Your Quadriceps

Your quadriceps are the muscles located in front of your thighs between your knees and hips.  To do this strengthening exercises stand up straight keeping your feet apart. Squeeze your abdomen and lower your upper body down as if you are sitting down in a chair. Keep bending until you start to feel some pain. Hold this position for a few seconds, and then put your body back upright. Repeat this exercises a few times per week.

Personal Trainer

You may want to visit a gym and see a personal trainer to help you exercise. They will likely know the best type of strengthening exercises you can do, as well as show you exactly how they are done. The trainer can set up a good exercise plan for you that you can do at the gym, as well as at home.

These strengthening exercises can work as well as lifting weights at the gym, and they will not hurt your shoulder. You should talk to your doctor, however, before you start any type of exercise routine.

For more information on strengthening your body, contact a professional like Superior Strengthening Systems.