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Hip Replacement Surgery Tip #49: ‘The Quantified Recovery Process’

Count On It!

OK, so you are a bit obsessive about measuring, analyzing and quantifying things… I get it. I have been known to be a bit of a task master and recorder of effort.

In your business or personal life, probably both, you would keep track of a wide variety of items: earnings per month, best half marathon time, the number of books read, expense per employee and similar items. Either it was your nature or you knew that “That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially.”

In short, plan on quantifying your rehab activity for optimum recovery.

Well, Don’t Forget Monitoring Your Post-Surgery Recovery

Everything can be ‘quantified’ these days. Even stuff you weren’t aware (how much time you spent on NetFlix) of or don’t really want to measure (how much you spent on chocolate).

You are going to be dismayed about how ‘slowly’ your recovery process is and asking yourself, “Why isn’t going faster?” You will find if you monitor your recovery, from the first day you started (walking to the mailbox and back) to a week later (around the block) to a month later (it gets better and better) you will be surprised and astounded about how quickly you recover from hip replacement surgery.

Fitness Trackers

So all you need is an easy way to measure your post-surgery recovery process.

It is very easy to quantify and measure your progress. Amazon offers a wide arrange of ‘fitness trackers.’ Most of which you simply place on your wrist, move around then hook up to your computer and watch your progress over (a short period of) time.

When you go back and review your progress, you will be shocked! Below is a map of a post-surgery trip we took to Hawaii. I went 4.51 mi with an elevation gain of 652 feet (it doesn’t seem like much, but that is about equal to 60+ story building) in 1:46:59, including all the photos I took and road crossings etc.

garmin maui

You can make a reward game of your recovery progress:
Walk 1 mile = new walking shoes
Walk 2 miles = new walking outfit
Walk 3 miles = new MP3 player
Walk 50 miles = new spouse

 

 

I have to walk early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing (But your fitness tracker will track the time of day when you exercise and you can see if you walk more in at various times of day).