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PARKSCANADA Posts: 4,802
7/15/14 11:02 A

How about rowing?

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/14/14 5:00 P

I was also going to suggest swimming. It's a great all-body workout, as long as you're really working at it and not just lounging around in the pool. :)

FITWITHIN Posts: 26,147
7/14/14 1:16 P

Aquatic Aerobics is another great alternate to lap swimming. You use water resistance weights during your workout. Have you tired a rowing machine and the stationery bike. These are some of the exercises I did when I was on weight bearing restrictions.

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7/14/14 1:15 P


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,187)
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7/14/14 1:11 P

Hi, Mark !

Do you like golf ? If you were to carry around your own clubs and skip the cart, golf is a good low impact activity. Could you walk from tee to tee without having ankle issues ? If so, golf might be fun.

Have you tried riding a bike ? If weight bearing types of exercise bother your ankles, then perhaps cycling might be worth a try. Another possible cardiovascular activity would be chair aerobics. If you can't stand for long periods, then sit in a chair and do upper body exercises. Coach Nicole has a couple of short workouts posted in the fitness section. Give them a try. There are also cardiovascular chair workouts posted on YOUTUBE. some of those workouts can be quite vigorous.

Mostly, when it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition and portion control are what 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 learn to eat right and watch your portions.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,802
7/14/14 12:45 P

There are a couple good seated exercises here at SP by Nicole. I use the seated core and seated arms often in addition to regular aerobics.

MARKO12345 Posts: 8
7/14/14 12:02 P

Thanks everyone!

My ankles aren't weak, it's that problem with metabolism I have in summer so I can't even walk too much. I can do basically anything in winter, from running and rope skip to kicking and punching heavy bag.

I really don't like yoga. When I gave up my basic daily routine (ab exercises w pushups and dumbbel exercises) and started doing yoga, I just noticed how belly became less toned, conditioning went downstairs and so on. Not to mention story about chakras and indoctrination with some traditional phylosophy that just didn't work for me.

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7/5/14 3:00 P

What about cycling? It may bother your ankles if you go for too long or too fast, but it could help to strengthen your ankles.

What about one of the Billy Blanks Tae Bo DVDs? There is one called Billy Blanks TaeBo Express and has 8 10 minute workouts. It could be a good one to start with to get used to doing some Taebo stuff before going onto one of the other DVDs. I got it at WalMart for about $10. You definitely get a good work out. You can combine several of the workouts to go for as long as you want or you can do 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. If I remember correctly, in one of them he even shows how to modify the exercise that they were doing. It's basically a lot of body strength workouts but at a fast pace so it's more cardio than actual strength training. I do like his enthusiasm though.

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7/5/14 2:41 P

Yoga will help tremendously. I don't do it because of a knee issue with balance. But if done properly you can strengthen your muscles and become very fit. Kettle bell is another way to burn calories and get the cardio in at the same time. Several times a week would really help. My chiropractor is a certified Russian kettle bell instructor. He is awesome. Do I do kettle bell? Tried it but can't do it because of knee. But you will work up a sweat. Just make sure you have proper form.

MARKO12345 Posts: 8
7/4/14 11:54 A

Thanks! I will check it!

It's not I can't walk at all, it's just that if I run on eliptical for 20 minutes, my feet are swollen. If humidity in air changes drastically, I also get that problem.

Kettlebell I have is about 25 pounds, so it's not too heavy for two arm swing.

So, if I decide to do some kind of circuit workout, like light bench press, some squats, and let's say rows and overhead press, I can engage large groups of muscle and burn fat?

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
7/4/14 7:01 A

In order to burn fat, you have to do something which will boost your heart rate for a few minutes. This means moving large muscle groups like your arms and legs in large movements. Swimming is actually pretty great for people who can't run or walk! You could also look up chair cardio workouts. To increase the amount of work your arms are doing during the workout you could possibly hold weights, but swinging heavy things around may be dangerous unless you are controlled about it.

I don't think pilates is generally regarded as a substitute for cardio but it does improve strength and flexibility which is always good!

MARKO12345 Posts: 8
7/4/14 5:41 A

I love my eliptical machine dearly, but I have ankle problems during summer. Sometimes I swim just to do some cardio, but I can do it once a week due to work. Does anyone know how to exercise without taxing feet too much?

Can it be some pilates, circuit training or something crazy like standing and swinging kettlebell for some time?

So far, I have barbell, dumbells, bench and pull-up bar, and also some rubber bands and pilates ball.

Can anyone tell me if pilates burns fat? If yes, are there any DVDs covering old school pilates, based mostly on lay down exercises ?

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