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BURNINGTHYME101 Posts: 1,171
6/18/14 3:28 P

Thanks Jen!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,997
6/18/14 1:14 P

There's nothing you can eat to change how flexible you are. A regular stretching routine will help, so you might want to talk to your PT about it to see what they would recommend.

Coach Jen

BURNINGTHYME101 Posts: 1,171
6/18/14 9:32 A

Do you know if there is something that we should be eating that keeps the tendons more pliable? I noticed that even with all of my exercises that I have been doing from physical therapy my tendons are still amazingly tight.

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4/2/14 11:13 A


Welcome to Spark People !

I agree with ML, because you have re-ruptured your Achilles, you really should follow the advice of your doctor. If they want you to lay off exercise, then you need to lay off. Your Achilles is in a weakened state. Any exercise/activity could further damage it.

I know it's tough to be inactive, but if you don't want to risk further surgery, you need to listen to your doctor.

What most people don't realize is that when it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition and portion control take the weight off and keep it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. in short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. if you want to lose weight, you have to eat right and watch your portions first.

Reforming your eating habits will do more for your waistline than trying to get in a workout while you're recovering from an Achilles injury. Do you use crutches ? Here's one thing I've learned from my own experience with injuries, walking with crutches is really good cardiovascular exercise. it takes a lot of strength and energy to move with those. So, if your doctor is letting you walk with crutches, that's what you do for exercise.

If your doctor wants you to lay off. You lay off for the amount of time they say. Otherwise, you'll keep reinjuring that Achilles. if you don't give it time to heal, it never will. you'll end up living with a chronic injury. and that's not healthy.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,460
4/2/14 6:36 A

You should definitely be seeking the advice of your doctor and/or physical therapist on how to work your ankle to rebuild the strength in it, without risking further injuring it.

But in terms of finding ways of exercising and staying active in the meantime, perhaps take a look at Spark's Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center, which has a range of workout ideas, including seated workouts.


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4/2/14 1:53 A

Hello all,

First time poster here.

I have re-ruptured my achilles tendon after 3.5months recovering on the couch and piling on the weight. The first time I wallowed in self-pity and ate poorly.

This time I plan on doing whatever I can to loose weight rather than put on more. This time I have changed my eating to lean protein and vegetables, no alcohol, drinking plenty of water and getting my sleep cycle right.

Can anyone share some good links to exercises which do not place any weight on the ankle.

I also welcome any tips from other people who have lost weight during injury. Especially similar injuries.


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