best cardio for recovering ankle injury

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  1. dawlface

    dawlface New Member

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    i'm just getting over a broken ankle-- i still have a lot of tenderness and can't really use a full range of motion, but i'm getting really sick of lifting upper body parts and doing ab work. i really want to get some cardio in, but i'm not sure what would be easiest on my ankle, but would still give me an efficient workout. to give you an idea of the progress, i can put enough weight on it that i can somewhat comfortably walk down steps, but i still limp slightly when i walk, and i'm still in an air cast. most of the pain is in the outer and backside of my ankle. any suggestions?
     
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    eh, i don't have access to a pool, just the standard treadmill/stair stepper/elliptical/bike/spinning bike-- i was thinking that the spinning bikes might take some of the pressure off my ankle because you sit above instead of the seats where you sit leaning back more, but i'm really not sure.
     
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    spinning bike would probably be best since you can use the other leg to make up for the weakness in your healing one instead of having to use strenuous force in your healing one to push down
     
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    how about the eliptical with the handles?

    i would prob stick with bike just to be safe.

    is your doctor allowing you to workout on your recent recovery?
     
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    it hasn't really been talked about-- although i'm actually reconsidering taking more time off because my foot is starting to swell back up and bruise again.
     
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    just let it recover completely, trying to work out and then damaging it more and being injured longer= the lose, but when I doing phys. therapy for my broken ankle, the therapist made me do the bike
     
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    Bike or eliptical I would think.
     
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    yeah, i'm looking at around 6 months off from lifting lower body my doctor said, and should be on crutches (again) for another week or so. when they had originally done my xrays, they somehow missed seeing that i tore ligaments all down the back of my calf. i just feel lazy and that annoys me. amazing that a stupid little fall down a few steps can do so much f'n damage. i'm just going stir crazy and want to get my heart rate up somehow so that when i go back to lifting and cardio i'm not totally out of shape.
     
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    Try hitting a heavy bag
     
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