So after all the excitement of Sweaty Saturday I couldn't participate… seriously disappointed. I was at my friends house the weekend before and attempted to remove my own big toe… ok not really, but I did enough damage that it looks like I actually tried. I'll spare you the gruesome details, let's just say it involved a door and a lot of and some wine earlier in the day. Thank God sandal season is over (or not, because the first 2 weeks I couldn't get a shoe on.. Grrr). Coldest week in October here in NY and I've got flip flops and a giant swollen bandaged toe.
Challenge: Working out with an Injury
Not just a modification, I need to get creative here. Strength training can be done. Finding ways to get some cardio that uses minimal feet is a whole different challenge.
Here are the choices I found when trying to get some cardio in with a foot or leg injury:
No Foot/Leg Cardio:
Hand Cycle Machine
Seated Shadow Boxing
Minimal Foot/Leg Cardio:
Circuit training (arm & abs exercises with no more than 30-60 seconds of rest between)
Almost Healed Foot/Leg Cardio:
Kettle Bell Swings
Indoor Cycling (not an option for leg injuries that are not healed)
*****Always check with your Doctor before starting actives after an injury!!!!
I ended up just doing a combo of Circuit Training and Bicycle Crunches, which worked really well at keeping my heart rate up. I'm happy to report that my toe is getting much better now and I am attempting Yoga tonight. I plan on getting back to most of my workouts by next week although I'll hold off on running for a couple weeks (god, I LOVE having an excuse to skip this… actually I loved skipping all my workouts the last few weeks. It gets so dark at night now I just want to run home to cuddle the dog and eat some pre-Halloween candy!)
|"Who wouldn't want to cuddle with me?"|
Anyone else have an injury that required changing your workout routine? Know of any other Cardio workouts that work with injuries?