Can I Exercise with an Injury?
Most workouts utilize your feet and ankles, so when those parts are injured, it seems impossible to keep up a normal exercise routine. This could even slip into complacency, giving you excuses in the future to skip exercising. However, staying in shape is important for your overall health, and can promote healing by increasing blood the flow to bring more nutrients to your injured area.
Injuries like ankle sprains or even fractures can keep you on the couch. We want you to stay active though! Here are some modified workouts to keep you moving. Note: always check with your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen, especially while treating an injury.
Core workouts – You can workout your core easily without standing on your feet. A strong core will help you build balance and strength, so you can look at this injury as giving you a chance to focus on your core! Try crunches for your abs, knee raises on a dip station, leg ups, boat pose in yoga, or mason twists.
Exercise machines – leg curl and extension machines can work your quads and hamstrings without having to rely on your feet or ankles.
Free weights – you can utilize free weights while sitting to focus on upper body workouts. Just make sure not to put any weight on the injured foot.
Pull-ups – use a step stool or a bench to help you use the uninjured leg up to get your body to the pull-up bar. Work your core and upper body, but make sure you come down gently on the uninjured leg.
Swimming – if you have access to a pool, it is a great way to get a solid cardio workout without putting too much strain on your feet or ankles. During the winter, you can find an indoor pool in your neighborhood so you don’t have to skip your routine.
Remember to listen to your body when it comes to exercise and healing! If you’re an avid fitness nut, an injury can be pretty disheartening. Don’t fret though! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas has years of experience treating any and all foot and ankle-related issues at any stage of life. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.