I am in the same boat. I strained my calf muscle on Monday. I have just been resting it and trying to let it heal. I have been focusing on upper body exercises. Although I have started doing some calf stretches to try to strengthen that muscle.
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4/18/13 6:47 A
I strained my calf muscle a few months ago - I went by the "if it hurts, don't do it" rule. For me, this meant no running, but I found that the elliptical was gentle enough for my calf, and it healed quite nicely.
Weight loss is basically about calories burned versus calories consumed OVER THE LONG TERM. From this perspective, the best thing you can do is to take things easy and let your calf recover as fast as it can, rather than risking reinjuring your calf by doing inappropriate workouts too soon.
But given you have recently established a routine of regular exercise, I can totally understand wanting to stay in that groove.
My injury rule is: If it hurts, don't do it. If the elliptical hurts, don't do it, focus on upper body and core for a few days. Shadow boxing is a GREAT upper body workout (I think coach Nicole has a video)
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4/18/13 1:43 A
Me again (just replied to you other post re-weight loss).
I've done my calf in more than once...the first time it took 3 months to heal...subsequent injuries have taking 3-4 weeks to recover.
If you don't rest and recover properly you will find injury occurs more frequently and will begin to escalate...
Trust me; I know how frustrating this can be, but there is no other way than recovery...otherwise the consequences can be very serious...
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9,689 4/17/13 1:41 P
If you've injured yourself, you need to rest and let it heal before resuming regular activity. Trying to "push through the pain" will only cause further injury and exacerbate what you've already done. Focus on diet for now, and get back to it after you heal.
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I've never strained a calf muscle, but I have strained my back. What works for me is massage and slow, easy stretching. Pay attention to the pain, as you don't want to overdo it. You will feel some pain initially and then as you slowly work it a little more, it starts to feel a little better. As for the elliptical, I'd avoid long, calf-intense workouts; however, if it feels ok to use it, do a couple of short, less-intense workouts. If you don't trust yourself to not push too hard, by all means don't do it! Look at it as a great way to explore new ways of working out! :)
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4/17/13 1:16 P
I strained my calf muscle the day before yesterday doing a workout video that had me jumping on one foot. I have iced it, wrapped it and no that its not something i need to see a dr for. ive strained muscles before and although its a little painful im still able to walk around without a problem. I do want to know what i can do to workout, can i still sue my elliptical? or should i just focus on my core then next few days/weeks. My elliptical is my go to workout everyday but i dont want to hurt myself any further
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