Staying Active (Sports and Leisure)
What sports and leisure activities can I resume, and when?
When you can start to resume your sports and leisure activities depends on your physical condition and the difficulty of the activity. When in doubt, ask your doctor!
Activities you may resume right away:
Walking– Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask your doctor about walking outside during winter months to make sure that you don’t slip and hurt your new knee or hip.
Swimming - You may be able to swim or do exercises in the pool if your incision has healed, and if you have access to a pool with a handrail and stair entry, before the end of the six week recovery period. Only do the flutter kick. Please ensure you wear proper non-slip footwear.
Activities you may resume after six weeks or sooner:
Indoor Cycling (on a stationary bike).
Activities you may resume after three months or sooner:
- Outdoor cycling
Ask your surgeon about these activities after three months:
- Cross country skiing
- Weight lifting (lower body)
Ask your surgeon about these activities after six months:
- Horseback riding
- Alpine skiing
High-risk activities that are NEVER permitted:
- Jogging or running
- Squash or racquetball
These lists only include some of the more common sport and leisure activities. Please ask your surgeon if you are interested in resuming an activity that isn’t listed.