broken ankle question

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2008/09/16 21:42:14 (permalink)

broken ankle question

I'm trying to figure out what I could do for workouts right now. I broke my ankle and I'll have a cast for four (well three now) weeks. I can walk on it, although I have been using at least one crutch. The only idea I can come up with so far is Karen Voight's {Burn and Firm}7070^, there is a floor weight section. I'm not sure if I should bother with any floor ab work, one foot is higher than the other. I don't know if that would make a difference. I'm thinking that I might try. Just looking for some ideas! Thanks.
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    katharine
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    Re:broken ankle question 2008/09/17 03:30:51 (permalink)
    Perhaps you will need to concentrate on your upper body for now.

    I am picturing you lying on the floor doing leg lifts with your very own version of an ankle weight.
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    Re:broken ankle question 2008/09/17 06:36:47 (permalink)
    I wonder how much this "ankle weight" weighs? I tried getting on the scale to make sure I'm not eating too much, I'm not really sure how many less calories I need (lack of exercise). I weigh a lot less with the cast on. My muscles are really nice on one leg, not so much on the other. My arms are much stronger too.
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    Re:broken ankle question 2008/09/17 06:53:59 (permalink)
    I read somewhere, a long time ago, that if you do strength training on one limb, the limb that is not being actively trained will maintain muscle strength longer...and maybe even gain a little strength as well.   Haven't seen anything recently so I don't know how accurate that is.   Even so, I think I would still be bothered by the feeling that I'd be lopsided.  Can you do isometrics for the casted leg?

    Perhaps a physical therapist (esp one who works in associate with an inpatient hospital rehabilitation program) would know of specific exercises.
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    Re:broken ankle question 2008/09/17 08:05:16 (permalink)
    MLB is correct.  Covert Bailey, author of the Fit and Fat Series, talks about the injured limb becoming stronger by exercising the non-injured limb.
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    Re:broken ankle question 2008/09/17 08:19:24 (permalink)
    A physical therapist consultation is a good idea.  I had to go to one when I broke my arm.  Maybe pilates is doable?  Depends on how heavy the cast is.
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    Re:broken ankle question 2008/09/17 12:00:26 (permalink)
    Hehe Donna, I did read Covert Bailey circa 1980....wow, long time ago...thanks for reminding me where I read that.  A great book btw, especially for that timeframe.
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