My husband had a major break in his ankle about five years ago after a hiking accident. It took a long time (and several surgeries) to heal and he *still* gets ankle pain on a fairly regular basis. You really need to make sure you don't put too much strain on it, and keep up with any physical therapy you've been assigned. It will be to your benefit in the long run. Allowing yourself to heal is far more important than burning off a few extra calories. Eventually your ankle will probably be back to normal (or pretty close), so a little extra time off your feet now will probably help more than it will hurt.
I definitely agree with Archimedes: you should talk to your doctor for recommendations, but your intake is the most important part, no matter how much (or how little) exercise you can actually do. You can lose plenty of weight even if you're completely sedentary, depending on what you eat (and how much of it). Obviously getting some exercise in is ideal to keep your respiratory and musculature systems at peak performance, and to burn a few extra calories, but you can lose weight sitting still all day. There have been times when I've done it myself without even having the excuse of an injury. ;)
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7/13/13 2:56 P
Hey, Jess !
When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to eat right first.
Because what happens when you do become injured and can't exercise ? The weight packs back on if you've been using exercise to eat what you want.
What to do ? You have to learn to watch what you eat. I know that's not going to be easy, but you have to do it. Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Example, set some simple goals. If you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not eating breakfast, set a goal to eat breakfast each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.
And that's how good health starts. It starts with a few simple changes.
What can you do for exercise ? What does your doctor say you can do ? If you're in a situation where you need to lay off exercise to let that foot heal, then you need to lay off. Trying to exercise with that foot in the state it it's in could make the injury worse.
Ask your doctor if you can sit in a chair and do chair aerobics. Coach Nicole has a couple of videos in the fitness section and there are tons on YOUTUBE. You might be able to do some upper body strength exercises using resistance bands while sitting in a chair. You might be able to swim, but once again, because we don't know the state of your foot, you MUST check with your doctor.
Mostly, if you want to lose weight, you really do have to eat right and watch your portions.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/13/2013 (14:57)
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7/13/13 2:41 P
I am in need of some major advice. I broke my foot about three months ago and it still hasn't healed. Apparently I broke one of the worst, slowest healing spots you can hit. Anyhow, I NEED to start eating healthy, but I can't for the life of me control myself.
I'm thinking the first step should be to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, because right now I only drink half of that.
The major part of losing weight is to eat healthy. Right?
Even so, I think I should get moving so I'm not just sitting on the couch and watching Bring it On and another one of my fave Kirsten Dunst movies- Bachelorette. Or the Vampire Diaries and being jealous of both Kirsten and Nina Dobrev's bodies.
So is there ANYTHING I can do for exercise? That will also (hopefully) help me lose weight?
I can walk a little bit. For like 15 minutes at a time. But I'm currently back home in Vegas where a normal temp is 109 during the day time. And my treadmill's broken.
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