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3,293 11/19/12 5:47 P
I second the swimming/water exercise recommendation. You could also do upper body weights and perhaps some things with the balance ball, especially stretching.
Are you keeping it elevated and icing when possible? Once the swelling goes down, another thing to try is to fill a bucket with very warm water and a cup or two of epsom salts. That can really relieve stiffness.
See thread, "broken leg at strength class." Examples therein of what can be done with a broken leg and still get fit. It was my friend and fitness instructor, who has not missed one workout since breaking her leg.
As someone who has been battling with a recurring foot injury for the last 6 weeks or so, I can only emphasise the need to rest and restore your body, and allow it to heal properly. Feet are notorious to heal, because of the mere fact they are so difficult to rest because - let's face it - we can't grow wings and fly, so even if we are resting we still need to be on our feet from time to time simply to do normal things like go to the bathroom or up the stairs to bed!
Proper nutrition is also a must - I've been underweight for years and really struggle to get any injury to heal, so please ensure that you are eating properly to maintain rather than lose. Like Coach Nancy says, your body needs fuel and good nutrition in order to repair your damaged foot.
Good luck and a speedy recovery!
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5,088 11/18/12 5:14 P
Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate the ideas!
And right now, no, I am not doing any physical therapy. Once it stops swelling up on me, I was going to start doing some easy exercises for it to build its strength back up (this isn't the first time I've sprained it so I still have all my old ankle exercises).
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725 11/18/12 1:55 P
In the SparkPeople videos you will find videos for exercising while sitting in a chair. These could be helpful. Are you doing any physical therapy for that ankle?
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46,222 11/18/12 9:02 A
Just make sure you get clearance from your doctor for whatever exercise you wish to pursue while your body is healing. I also recommend that if you are trying to lose weight, now would be a good time to go into a maintenance mode until your ankle is fully healed. The reason, you want to ensure that your body is getting the adequate amounts of calories and nutrients to promote healing which will help you get back to your daily routine.
So I was doing really well with my weight loss goal. I ran on the elipticals at least 3 times a week, plus yoga and pilates on Wednesday. On November 4th, I sprained my ankle and it still is really sore and swollen. I've had it looked at and it's not broken, but until it heals fully, I can't really use it. I fell very behind these last two weeks. What are some good exercises I can do (especially for weight loss and toning core muscles) without putting a lot of weight on my right ankle? Any ideas would be really appreciated!!
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