I've been on a Brené Brown kick as of late (aka. the past six months) and she has this part in her book, Rising Strong, where she talks about her revelation of not being able to skip Act 2 - the "messy" bit. This is the part where you really figure it all out, dig deep, and learn. But everyone tries to skip Act 2. Most people search for the quick fixes and spot treatments, even when they have been told that there isn't a quick fix. And I realise that Brené is talking about sorting out our inner stories but it's a great analogy for how we deal with our bodies as well.
I would do anything... just not that!
I find that many people are not willing to do the work (or accept the truth) to make the changes needed to get their bodies working better. They will happily pay to get regular treatments, wear whatever bracing mechanism, tape themselves together, and pop whatever medication to get them through another day. But if I said to them "all you need to do is change your footwear, get more sleep, move your body through different ranges all day, and walk more" they would start listing off all of the reasons why they can't do those things. Or agree, but then when I see them next they have a list of excuses. Makes me think of that Meatloaf song...
I understand that I am pretty passionate (manically obsessed) about this type of stuff but you should be too! You should be obsessed with caring for the one body that you have and not view it as disposable.
Get rid of self-limiting beliefs.
Your body is literally generating new cells as you read this and, in about 10 years time, almost all of the cells you have now will be completely replaced by new ones. Wear and tear on our bodies is normal, but the breaking down of our bodies is not. The medical community would have us believe otherwise, but I assure you that your joint issues are not genetic and getting a replacement is not inevitable or even a solution. There are definite reasons why your parents had a _____ replacement, and now your specialist is telling you that you will need one as well - but it has nothing to do with genes, and you have more power to change that path than you think.
As an aside, if you give in to this line of thinking, getting whatever surgical procedure does not actually fix the cause of the problem, and the likelihood of needing additional surgeries to continually "fix" the problem is highly likely. How's that for quality of life? But I digress...
Now, true to the Act 2 sentiment, the work needed to improve your condition may not always be comfortable; you will have to make some changes and potentially some sacrifices. But it will be worth it! The changes won't happen in a week, and they may not even happen in a month, but there will be improvements all along the way.
Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. - Jim Rohn
Stack your life!
The simplest advice, and the closest thing to a "quick fix" - stop thinking of moving your body as a separate activity. You are with your body every single minute of the day, so you have plenty of opportunity to move in different ways all throughout the day. It can be really limiting to think of your day as these separate time consuming compartments: commute, work, eat/prepare food, family time, errands, exercise. Think of ways you can blend your daily movement into all of these things.
I was inspired to pass along this line of thinking by Katy Bowman, who wrote a blog on this concept. She uses an example of needing to drop off a package, do a phone interview, work, and move. So she walked to drop off the package, did her phone interview while walking, took pictures for her blog on the way, and moved the whole time. Now this is someone who is well practiced in this way of thinking so don't think you'll be a superstar at this overnight, but just start.
Search for your solutions.
Take the stairs more; choose the furthest parking spot; squat down while talking on the phone or folding laundry; be barefoot when you're at home; eat dinner on the floor, picnic style - be creative! There are so many opportunities to incorporate more movement into your life, but you need to start by looking and stop trying to skip Act 2.