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SLIMLEAF
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1/29/13 6:40 P

Thanks, Jen. That's very helpful. I didn't know there was a Limited Mobility Lifestyle Centre! I'll see what I can do.

As for the exercise bike - no, I can't do that yet because I'm not allowed to put my left foot on the ground (or pedal!). Perhaps I can do that once I'm out of the plaster cast.



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 55,286
1/29/13 8:04 A

Most of the workouts and videos in the Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center can be done from a seated position. Here's a link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifestyle_cen
ter_detail.asp?id=19


Hope that helps,

coach Jen



RUBYREDSTAR19
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1/29/13 7:59 A

I sprained my ankle years ago while running. I was a personal trainer and had no choice but to keep teaching classes. I was teaching weight lifting and simply had 1 leg on a chair while lifting. It was a lot of balance but I was able to do something. For cardio, what about the bike?



SLIMLEAF
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1/29/13 7:23 A

Whilst out running on Sunday I slipped in mud and sustained a spiral fracture to my fibula (the thin bone next to the tibia in the lower leg). I am now in a plaster cast, unable to put my left foot on the ground for at least two weeks and am getting about the house, very slowly, with crutches.

So no running, swimming, gym (or driving) for the next 6-8 weeks! Exercise is such a big part of my life and my social life, that I'm seriously affected by this loss of mobility.

Can anyone advise me on exercises (particularly cardio) that I CAN do?
Just getting about the house (especially up the stairs) is proving quite exhausting, but I'm sure I'll get better with practice and Spark Fitness tracking doesn't have a 'getting around on crutches' option!

I need to minimise my fitness and muscle loss and burn some calories!

Can anyone help?



 
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