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What exercises can I still do with a sprained ankle?


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Hi.  I have a sprained ankle right now and I'm lucky to be able to go for a walk, although I can't jog, do dance aerobics, and I don't dare to powerwalk.  I don't have a gym membership or much access to swimming.  I'm worried about losing intensity in my workouts, although the Pollyana perspective is that maybe this is an opportunity to do the situps, etc. that  usually have avoided.  Any ideas on what I can still do?

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Original Post by anaesperanza:

Hi.  I have a sprained ankle right now and I'm lucky to be able to go for a walk, although I can't jog, do dance aerobics, and I don't dare to powerwalk.  I don't have a gym membership or much access to swimming.  I'm worried about losing intensity in my workouts, although the Pollyana perspective is that maybe this is an opportunity to do the situps, etc. that  usually have avoided.  Any ideas on what I can still do?

Without wanting to seem patronising, surely any exercise which doesn't involve barring weight on your ankle? A few examples could be pressups resting on one foot, situps as you mentioned but be careful as poor technique is really bad for your back due to all the strain because of flexion of the spine. You could also do planks, ab cycles, tricep dips on stairs, google them, there's a ton :)

Ooh, that's a bummer.  I think you should do what you can and not worry too much about keeping up the intensity - healing your ankle is your to priority, fitness is your 2nd.  

I sprained my ankle last thursday night I rested for 2 days and then was able to get back to the gym on Monday and do my regular weight lifting.  I personally would ice and rest the injury not worry about working out and let it heal and then go back to work when its stronger.

 You can do any exercise that doesn't involve your ankle or else you could do some swimming pool activities that will help you exercise and will be light on your ankle.

Original Post by legenary1:

Original Post by anaesperanza:

Hi.  I have a sprained ankle right now and I'm lucky to be able to go for a walk, although I can't jog, do dance aerobics, and I don't dare to powerwalk.  I don't have a gym membership or much access to swimming.  I'm worried about losing intensity in my workouts, although the Pollyana perspective is that maybe this is an opportunity to do the situps, etc. that  usually have avoided.  Any ideas on what I can still do?

Without wanting to seem patronising, surely any exercise which doesn't involve barring weight on your ankle? A few examples could be pressups resting on one foot, situps as you mentioned but be careful as poor technique is really bad for your back due to all the strain because of flexion of the spine. You could also do planks, ab cycles, tricep dips on stairs, google them, there's a ton :)

 Um, Sprained Ankle Exercises for Dummies here.  Unlike my younger years, I have not had much diversity in my exercise routine.  Most of what I've done in the last 5 years has been weightbearing.  I dislike weight lifting, and things like that, but could this be just what I need to start doing them.  What are planks and ab cycles?  I know using crutches is a tremendous arm exercise, but they don't seem to be necessary in my case and I worry about the stares I'd probably get power crutch walking (LOL!).

Thanks, everyone, for your replies!

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