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4/25/13 12:19 P

If your doctor said no cardio, then he'd probably say no to chair exercises. However, you may wish to discuss the option with him/her. Also, healthy living is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Since your exercise options are limited right now, you can certainly focus on making wise nutrition choices and measure and count EVERY bite that enters your mouth.

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4/25/13 12:13 P

On the 11 minute chair cardio workout: How do you lift BOTH legs? What exercise do I need to do in order to do this.
You should see me and work-out buddies trying to bounce both legs! emoticon

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10/25/12 2:33 A

If you reenter your goals to maintain (until you are back to it) and your calorie burned goal to 0 then spark will calculate a range for you to maintain in, so no gaining and still enough calories to heal.

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10/24/12 10:56 P

I had the surgery 9 weeks ago and have been back to work for 3 weeks so I'm really not in total recovery- I maintained my weight for the 6 weeks I was home- ( I think I gained 2 pounds) but now that I'm back to work I've gained another 3 pounds- so that is why I want to do some aerobic activity. how can I lose those extra pounds- and how can I alter my fitness goals and calorie intake to reflect this new situation

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10/24/12 10:39 P

If you'd like to do a small amount of cardio, have you considered chair aerobics or seated exercise? Coach Nicole has a great 11 minute one that for me burns 105 calories. I also like the Paul Eugene chair aerobics videos. You can modify the exercises so that you don't use the leg that is injured at all.

Hope this helps!

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10/24/12 10:20 P

Hi 3,

SparkPeople's Registered Dietitian does not recommend one to lose weight following surgery or an injury, but instead recommends one focus on maintaining his/her weight. The reason, your body needs calories to heal and recover and if you restrict your calories too much, you may slow your healing progress which may delay your recovery.

Here's to a speedy recovery!

Coach Nancy

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10/24/12 10:12 P

I had ankle surgery 9 weeks ago and the doc has said it will be 4 months before I can return to full exercise. I can't do any cardio ( even walking) for at least another 6 weeks. I can and am doing upper body and core strength training, but I need to figure out how to alter my food needs to match my diminished exercise ability.

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