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    Injured need help!


    I broke my sesamoid in my foot and now im in a walking boot. So I need some advice on what I can do for cardio. I have very limited access to a pool so swimming is possible. Could I use a rowing machine effectively? Should I try and use super light leg curls and extensions for super high reps? Help please


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    Let me say sorry to hear your injured bro, we've all been there and it sucks. Good news is it can only really get better with proper training from this point on (granted you don't re-injure yourself) so..My advice is low intensity, low resistance training on that area after the cast comes off.

    This should be obvious, but leg curls and extensions are not cardio. Your talking about maintaining muscle mass, which is fine but that wasn't your question. I'll answer anyways though, Maintaining all other workouts as this will help the healing process by promoting your testosterone levels to stay in a healthy area which will speed healing (and propagate a better state of mood).

    My experience on injurys is don't be counterintuitive. Don't go too hard. Try doing rows, and test the waters. If it's awkward/difficult try a upright bike, if thats too taxing try a recumbent bike. I wouldn't be a professional unless I tell you to get referred. You really need to talk to a physical therapist (unless your in the states and you don't want to pay) and get them to assess you fully into a rehab program for when it comes off.

    It's good that you are asking questions because it means you are passionate about staying fit and thats half the battle right there during an injury!
    Being in a cast atm though all your looking to do is maintain your cardiovascular endurance, which declines rapidly after 1-2 weeks of non activity. Try these things and let me know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeighbourMike View Post
    This should be obvious, but leg curls and extensions are not cardio. Your talking about maintaining muscle mass, which is fine but that wasn't your question. I'll answer anyways though, Maintaining all other workouts as this will help the healing process by promoting your testosterone levels to stay in a healthy area which will speed healing (and propagate a better state of mood).
    what i was thinking was literally put it on like 10lbs and crank out 1000 reps to simulate keeping endurance and get some of a cardio from using my legs and what not.

    And i appreciate the help

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    Arm ergometry. Not sure where you are at, but most university gyms have an arm ergometer in the corner that no one uses, or even knows what it is.

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