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Cardio, can't use legs

TIFunkaliciousTIFunkalicious Kicking back inNebraskaRegistered User regular
edited March 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
During the summer of last year me and my friends got into frisbee football. We always kinda made fun of it and thought everyone who played it was a douche but when we started it was fun as hell. The park we played at had a couple holes and in September my leg got caught in one while I was running. My kneecap got dislocated and I stretched the muscles around it. I couldn't walk until november/december and still can't run or jog very well. During that time I gained about 30 pounds (i have a HUGE appetite but marching band and running around in general helped keep it at bay). It's been bothering me alot and the physical therapy exercises aren't enough, I wanna start going to the gym. I've gone a couple of times recently, and I thought I would be able to do the elliptical what with the low impact. The first few times went great, and I was able to go 30 minutes with only a little soreness afterward, but the last time I tried it REALLY hurt about 2 minutes in, so I stopped before something bad happened.

So what can I do? I can still do lifts with my arms and most ab exercises, but I really think I need to work in some cardio, and I like taking a half hour to do something simple while I listen to music.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    During the summer of last year me and my friends got into frisbee football. We always kinda made fun of it and thought everyone who played it was a douche but when we started it was fun as hell. The park we played at had a couple holes and in September my leg got caught in one while I was running. My kneecap got dislocated and I stretched the muscles around it. I couldn't walk until november/december and still can't run or jog very well. During that time I gained about 30 pounds (i have a HUGE appetite but marching band and running around in general helped keep it at bay). It's been bothering me alot and the physical therapy exercises aren't enough, I wanna start going to the gym. I've gone a couple of times recently, and I thought I would be able to do the elliptical what with the low impact. The first few times went great, and I was able to go 30 minutes with only a little soreness afterward, but the last time I tried it REALLY hurt about 2 minutes in, so I stopped before something bad happened.

    So what can I do? I can still do lifts with my arms and most ab exercises, but I really think I need to work in some cardio, and I like taking a half hour to do something simple while I listen to music.

    Well I had a foot injury, and it was suggested that if I wanted to do cardio to do it at a level the BAD FOOT could tolerate. It's as much rehab as it is cardio. You could also think about doing something thats upper/lower body like those tread-climber deals so you get your whole body into it and don't have to go at a high intensity.

    If you experience pain, fucking stop. For serious.

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  • ComahawkComahawk Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Aren't rowing machines great cardio work?

    Also, failing that, have you tried swimming?

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  • devCharlesdevCharles Gainesville, FLRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I'd throw in my hat for swimming as well. It can be as low impact as you want it to be.

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  • TIFunkaliciousTIFunkalicious Kicking back in NebraskaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    campus gym has a swimming pool, but the swim team usually has it dominated during the times I go. Maybe I can get a schedule from one of the coaches so I can get in. The idea makes me nervous though, I don't wanna whip my leg in a direction it hasn't gone in awhile.

    dude I facepalmed at the rowing suggestion, I can't believe I didn't think of that, I guess I just never used it before.

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  • RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Also you can get one of these
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    Just check with your doctor and therapist before getting into running

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  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Punching bag and speed bag stuff, if available, is great cardio, too. When you really get into it, you do end up using your legs, but it would be worth at least discussing with a doctor and trying out if they ok it.

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I'm going to throw in for swimming as well

    Most pools that do lap swimming will have leg floats, a little piece of foam you stick between your knees/calves to keep your legs stable while you work only arms. And when you feel more comfortable you can work in a little kicking at a time.

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  • KistraKistra Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Usagi wrote: »
    I'm going to throw in for swimming as well

    Most pools that do lap swimming will have leg floats, a little piece of foam you stick between your knees/calves to keep your legs stable while you work only arms. And when you feel more comfortable you can work in a little kicking at a time.

    That is exactly what I was going to recommend as well. Talk to your rehab people, they may be able to give you specific exercises to do in the pool as well to help your leg heal. The increased resistance is helpful for different rehab stuff than you can do normally.

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  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Kistra wrote: »
    Usagi wrote: »
    I'm going to throw in for swimming as well

    Most pools that do lap swimming will have leg floats, a little piece of foam you stick between your knees/calves to keep your legs stable while you work only arms. And when you feel more comfortable you can work in a little kicking at a time.

    That is exactly what I was going to recommend as well. Talk to your rehab people, they may be able to give you specific exercises to do in the pool as well to help your leg heal. The increased resistance is helpful for different rehab stuff than you can do normally.

    Ditto. I swim an awful lot and find it brilliantly relaxing. You can pick up the leg floats really cheap, so likely best get one beforehand without relying on the pool stocking them. When your leg is repaired it's still useful to build up your arms.

    Failing that cycling is low impact, but would depend on you being able to move your leg in a circular motion. You could also use an "Arm Bike" (not sure if that's the technical term) if you can get access to one.

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  • eatmosushieatmosushi __BANNED USERS regular
    edited March 2010
    high rep low weight excersizes should help a bit!

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  • PhistiPhisti Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Swimming. You can make it all arms / upper body, throw in some leg, or go all legs. It's ideal because it is very low impact but good cardio / anaerobic exercise. Start with normal crawls (front / back) using a pull-buoy and go from there.

    Definitely talk to a doctor if you're still having knee trouble months after an injury - it sounds like you should be hitting up some Physio to rehab that... knees / ankles / hips are far too valuable to just let be... you'll be using that joint for another 60 years, so get it fixed right.

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  • Dr. FrenchensteinDr. Frenchenstein Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    you can get an aqua jogger as well. It's like a foam belt, and you make a running motion in the water. You look like a complete fool, and it takes forever to get across the pool, but it's a good workout.

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  • WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    As has been posted... swimming.

    When my brother had cancer in one of his legs, the only recommended exercise regimen was swimming.

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  • CrystalMethodistCrystalMethodist Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    You might want to get checked for an ACL/MCL injury... if you hurt your knee with a straight leg like that, it could be damage that requires surgery to fix.

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