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My Fitness Age, Per My Garmin MARQ, Based On VO2 Max, Is 39 — That Is 27-Years Below Real Age.

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, this I have to flaunt.


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This is per my Garmin MARQ Explorer, which I wear 24×7
from a few minutes ago.

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This, i.e., 42, was from 2.5 months ago.

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It was ’46’ a month before that.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Yes, 6.5-months post knee-surgery. I am trying to walk at least 7-miles most days. I also do some indoor cycling. Given that I live in a 4-story house, on the side of a hill, I cover a lot of elevation every day and average 52 floors climbed (i.e., 520′) a day. Today it was 86 (860′).

Well, I take all this with a pinch of salt. You have to.

SMILE.


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Post Knee Surgery Knee Braces — My Experience & Recommendations.

by Anura Guruge


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First 4-weeks.


Yes, all-in-all I lucked out. I literally walked away from my quad-tendon reattachment surgery with no pain, no limp, no discomfort and no lack of flexibility.

I can basically do everything I could prior to surgery though I am not running as much as I used to. I do run but I do notice that it is not kind to my knees. So, instead I walk 4.2+ miles 5 to 6 times a week.

I am HUGE fan of knee braces. I used to wear them, off-and-on prior to my injury. IF I had been bearing one I might have saved myself the surgery.

As soon as I hurt myself I put a brace on my knee. It immediately took away much of the pain. At ER they gave me a full-length brace (see above). That was good. But, a few hours later I was fitted with a ‘DonJoy  X-Act ROM Hinged, Knee Brace‘. That was even better. I wore it 24×7 during the week prior to surgery. That week I went to Cape Cod on a mini-vacation. With that brace I could walk, in the snow, with no problem or pain!

I wore that brace for a month after surgery. It served me well though it was brutal on my thigh muscles. I found and switched to a smaller hinged brace with my surgeon’s blessing. Again, see above or check out this link.

I had told my surgeon, at one of my follow-up appointments, that I planned to wear a brace, on my, knee for life. He laughed, then realized that I was not joking. He then came around and said that it would do me no harm and that yes, it would even help.

I have been wearing an assortment of braces since. Not all the time. Definitely when I am walking, running, hiking or out-and-about. I found the simple ACE knee supports remarkably effective. Didn’t need anything else.

But, for my 4.2+ mile walks I decided I need more support. I was carrying 18 lbs of extra weight — in the form of a 12 lbs weighted vest and two 3 lbs wrist weights. I am going to give the 12 lbs vest a rest.

I got the NEENCA brace, shown above (twice), today. It is very comfortable and provides excellent support. Looking forward to walking with it tomorrow.

I definitely recommend it. About the same price as an ACE support. So, you can’t go wrong.

So, that is my story. Hope it helps.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Always Hit My 10,000 Step Goal, On My Garmin, While Showering — Kind Of Frustrating.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record. Click to ENLARGE. I do intentionally take a day-off.


I have had 12 Fitness Trackers In The Last 2-Years.

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Evaluating a ‘Polar Ignite’ against my ‘Garmin MARQ’ in July 2019. Click to access post.


I fully appreciate the dynamics and physics. I am NOT new to this and as you can see above I have been LUCKY enough to have(/evaluate) 12 decent (one could even say ‘high-end’) activity trackers over the last year, spanning Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and Amazfit. And I will say upfront: ‘in my opinion Garmin, especially with the likes of the Fenix 5 (Plus) is better at counting steps than a Fitbit’. But, that is kind of old news.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. She has the same questions. How much of the step count is phantom?

It is inevitable. The accelerometer has to measure arm movements. It has no idea I am in the shower and standing still. It thinks I am walking. And then there was the 6-weeks when I was on crutches! Never counted my labored steps, and I was walking more than most — on the crutches — because my left hand wasn’t moving enough! Again, I understand. Just frustrating.

Why it always happens in the shower these days has to do with my latest ‘schedule’ of the last two-months. As I continue to recover from my knee surgery I have upped the mileage on my morning walk/run from ~3.5 miles to 4+ miles — always with GPS on. Given that a GPS mile equates to about 2,400 steps I am at about 9,700 — 9,800 steps when I get home. Then I get in the shower. Then I hit my GOAL. Bingo.

I did some EXTENSIVE step count record keeping with the Fitbit Inspire HR. With brushing teeth and showering I was clocking up around 400 steps in the bathroom. So, Garmin isn’t doing too bad.

Yes, I walk more than 10,000 steps MOST days. In the days I do, I am in excess of 14,000. So, the 10,000 is not my max. I also realize and tell people that what counts is the trend. Doing the same number of (or more) steps each day.

But, wanted to share this because it has got so rote — having the Garmin do its ‘GOAL’ celebration while I shower.

Oh, I average 41 floors count a day. I go past the 10 floor goal every day (as long as I am not on crutches). I usually hit that goal in the first 30-minutes of my walk/run because I live on the side of a ‘mountain’ and can’t go in any direction without doing some major elevation changes.


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by Anura Guruge

Per My Garmin, Based On VO2 Max, My Fitness Age Is 42 (Actual 65) — 3.5 Months After Knee Surgery.

by Anura Guruge


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This is per my Garmin MARQ Explorer, which I wear 24×7.


It was ’46’ two-weeks earlier!

Yes, I am walking and using an indoor cycle like ‘crazy’ to get back to ‘fitness’.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Well, I am NOT taking this too seriously. I could still keel over and die from a heart attack today. So, I am more sanguine than others (and yes, there was a ‘pun’ in there).

Well, I had to share. But, moving on ….

SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

My ‘Fitness Age’ Is 19-Years Less Than Actual, 3-Months After Knee Surgery (& 6-Weeks On Crutches).

by Anura Guruge


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This is per my Garmin MARQ Explorer, which I wear 24×7.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


I am 65-years old, 66 in September. So, this reading today chuffed me up no end, especially since I am still in recovery from major knee surgery. Just 7-weeks ago I was still on crutches. I still walk with a cane (since it helps, though I can walk without one).

Yes, no question, the knee surgery spurred me to new heights. My VO2 Max was ~36 before surgery and I was nearly 20 pounds heavier! Yes, I lost weight while recovering — mainly by totally revamping my diet. That helped. I have only run once after surgery — and that was last week. I ran 3 miles with 800′ of elevation carrying 11 pounds in weights. Felt a few ‘tinges’ in the knee was decided to lay off running for another few weeks. Walking at least 3.5 miles a day and then making sure to clock at least 10K steps a day. Today I did 16K. So, it all helps.

I am happy. Would have preferred not to have busted my quad tendon. But, it was a wake-up call.

So, there is hope … SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Physical Therapy: The Most Expensive BUT Most Useless Part Of My Knee Surgery Saga.

by Anura Guruge



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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


I was supposed to do a TON of physical therapy post week 6 of my knee surgery. I went to the first session. I was totally underwhelmed, somewhat aggrieved and felt that I had been FLEECED. I never went back. I did my own and I am delighted to say as week 13 approaches my knee is pretty much back to normal!

No pain. I now, as I did in the past, BOUND (yes, BOUND) up the four staircases we have in this house. Last Thursday, I ran 3-miles carrying 11 pounds of weights — up a hill. I am also doing 23-minutes of cycling on a stationary bike. I have NO PAIN.

Physical therapy is NOT for I. I do not need some kid, who is probably NOT as fit as I am (even when I was on crutches), telling me how to exercise. I exercise more than most and don’t need motivation, encouragement or threats. I just need time. I would exercise more if I had the time.

That they wanted a $45 copay when I only pay $35 to my surgeon genuinely UPSET I. The surgeon’s magic and care cannot be duplicated. Physical therapy — I could watch on YouTube.

They also did NOT have a long-handled shoe horn in the premises. That impressed me none. That is beyond ignorant.

I see that they charged my insurance $345 for a 40-minute session. That is criminal. I am glad I did NOT go back.

I am good. My knee is good. Physical therapy was NOT good.

So, you know the score. But, I fully appreciate that I AM STRANGE. So, factor that in.


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by Anura Guruge

Despite Knee Surgery 3-Months Ago, I Walk More Steps & Climb More Floors, Than Most My Age.

by Anura Guruge


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This is per my Garmin, which I wear 24×7.


 


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


I live in a 4-storey house; my office is on the 4t floor, bedroom on the 3rd, kitchen on the 2nd and main/family TV on the 1st. So, I have to go between all 4-floors, multiple times a day, even when I was on crutches. Just for the record, my Garmin was pretty appalling at counting steps & floors when I was on crutches because I was not moving my arms enough to make the accelerometer register movement.

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I live on the side of a 1,440′ mountain. I walk/run the road that goes up/down this mountain. So, anytime I am on that road, on foot, I cover a fair amount of elevation. Typically I have 300′ to 700′ of elevation gain a day when I go up and down this road. I love it.

I still haven’t started running. But, for the last 4 weeks I am making a concerted attempt to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. And it is working.

So, I am happy. I have LOST quite a bit of weight since my surgery! That was a bonus. Yes, I doubled, maybe even tripled, down on it. That has helped.

So, do NOT let knee surgery slow you down. SMILE.


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