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Friday, September 14, 2012

The past week, a bad cold and allergies have kept me from exercising. This morning I was so happy to feel well enough to go out for a run. Seven minutes into it, my foot slid off the sidewalk, I came down on the side of it and heard this "cruuuunch". Went to the doc today - she said I have to do non-weight bearing exercises for the next 3 weeks. She suggested eliptical machine, stationary bike, and swimming, all of which I have access to at my local rec center - if I want to pay $10 a day to go there, or $400 for an annual family membership.

Cash is a little tight around here. That's why I run - very little investment required there.

Anyone have any other suggestions? I really don't want to continue to lose momentum here!
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    You have a lot of great suggestions.
    One time I had a similar injury and kept up with upper body/seated work to keep strength. Elliptical will still give you pressure on your ankle and movement. I'm an elliptical fiend and if it was me, I'd stay away from it.
    A bike will give movement but less pressure.
    Swimming would be great if you used most upper body. Brace and wrap your ankle though!
    Sending good vibes.
    2104 days ago
    shame! i'm so sorry!! that's no fun... emoticon

    i also would suggest focusing on strength training. you can do plenty of core exercises and upper body training. also, as i learned from jillian michaels, if you have any lower body problems, just get into a squat and do punches across the body as cardio. as long as you keep moving, you will see progress.

    hope that you recover soon!!
    2104 days ago
    I strongly recommend water exercise as a way to hang nto your cardio fitness. Maybe you can get a deal at your public pool? At my pool you can buy a 12 swim ticket and it works out to just over $5 a swim. Fifeteen bucks for three sessions a week during recovery isn',t a whole lot of money. But it may be that you can get the swims as part of physio/rehab perhaps from your health insurance? We have a different system here in NZ, people can have access to rehab through an accident compensation system, I don't know what might be available to you. When I had to rehabilitate myself after a major operation, I hired an elliptical trainer for a month, delivered and installed, then removed when no longer needed: well worth it.
    Hope this helps
    2104 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/15/2012 2:26:06 AM
    I'm sorry you've injured your foot, I just recently gotten clearance to get back to my regular exercise after injurying my knee and ankle in a fall. I did chair exercises as so many have already suggested and I even did some of my dvd exercises while sitting in an office chair with wheels. I'd use my good foot to push me around and did all the upper body stuff, some times my son would join in and he'd be the legs and I'd be the arms. I just tried to have fun with it while keeping myself as active as possible. I hope you heal up quickly and can get back to your normal routine.
    2104 days ago
    Last November I had ankle surgery and couldn't bear weight for the first 3 weeks, then went to a boot for 3 weeks. Therapy was 8 weeks.

    I joined the chair exercise team, ordered a chair Yoga Dvd (I figured it would be a good time to learn Yoga), and used the Sparkpeople chair exercise videos. To get back on track after therapy, I joined the Spring Into Shape Challenge, and did a modified version, but it kept me doing exercise on a daily basis, although it wasn't exact. It was the motivation I needed to continue improving and get back to my former level. It didn't take long at all to get back on track. Just don't quit!

    Best wishes to you!
    2104 days ago
    When I injured my foot and couldn't run, the first thing I found was pushups on the swiss ball. I couldn't do standard pushups because my bad foot wouldn't support the plank position; but I could roll as far forward as possible on the swiss ball and do pushups with my weight supported by my lower calves.

    I started with 3 sets of 20 pushups on the ball; by the time my foot was enough better to do standard pushups, I was up to 3 sets of 40.

    If you don't already own a swiss ball, I'd recommend getting one. They aren't terribly expensive, and you can do a variety of things with them.

    Other things I found were mostly kettlebell exercises. Not the Turkish get-ups, which bother my bad foot; but swings and cleans and snatches, where both feet were planted flat on the floor and the leg action starts with the hips. It was an eye-opener that I, who had been running for most of an hour at a time, could not keep up a kettlebell routine for 15 minutes when I first tried that. Of course, if you don't already own the kettlebell that could be a little pricey.
    2104 days ago
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    I'm so sorry to hear of your injury. Prayers for a quick and full recovery.

    I don't have any exercise suggestions. Hopefully spark has some workouts that will work.
    2104 days ago
    You have a lot of good suggestions here, so I'll just send healthy thoughts!!

    2104 days ago
    Looks like JoanOfArctic beat me to my suggestion, whic is the seated workouts by Coach Nicole, right here on Spark. I'm lucky in that my local public access TV station also has some seated exercise class videos that I can do right here at home.

    Good luck. It's hard dealing with injuries and recovering, but it can be done. Good attitude and here's sending "mend quick" vibes your way. emoticon
    2104 days ago
    My heart goes out to you! I am dealing with an injury now and have been so concerned about losing my momentum. Just wanted to send you emoticon s
    2104 days ago
    Great suggestions! I will check those out!
    2104 days ago
    Upper body and core strength training. See if you can get a book by Mark Lauren from the library. It's something like "Your Are Your Own Gym". Do some of Coach Nicole's seated work outs.

    I'm sorry about the injury. I'm not very patient when I've hurt myself and have to change my routine.
    2104 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/14/2012 6:35:51 PM
    Ditto on the seated workouts here on Spark.
    2104 days ago
    Maybe check out the seated exercises in the spark videos library!

    How awful to have injured yourself :( I hope you feel better soon, but make sure you get the rest you need!
    2104 days ago
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