Any cardio exercises that can be done without feet?

  • ChicagoCarl

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    Jul 17, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    I have several torn ligaments in my foot so I cannot due the usual cardio exercises. Since I have a cast I cannot even get into the pool.

    Any ideas of what I can do for cardio or is this one of those times I should just simply take a break and focus on upper body work?
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    Jul 17, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
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    Jul 17, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    ChicagoCarl saidsimply take a break and focus on upper body work?


    This ^^

    Why do you need to do cardio anyway?
  • gwuinsf

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    Jul 17, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    Rowing machine?

    My gym also has a machine that's like pedaling a bike except with your hands.
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    Use the sauna. It raises your heart rate supposedly to the same levels as doing cardio, and you sweat out toxins. Not sure if that would be recommended with a cast and I couldn't even imagine the smell of it after all that sweating, but just a recommendation.
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
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    LOL! Kinda looks painful icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:51 PM GMT

    Well, sometime during the last Millennium, I had a magazine article about the sort of arm movements that the conductor of a symphony makes while directing an orchestra. Seems hard to believe, but turns out it provides a phenominal cardio workout when measured scientifically. This was years ago, Bud--that's about all I recall. But right now, for you, the joy of that sort of motion to music might take your mind off your troubles. Wish I could be more help. Maybe this will give you enough of an idea to research it further on Google, etc. Be well!
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    Furious and angry sex. Or just take a break
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    Jul 17, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Is it a hard cast or boot? If so, you might be able to pedal a bike. Otherwise, looks like you're done for a bit. See if you can do upper body weights like presses.
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    Jul 17, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
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    Jul 17, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    Swimming... you burn a ton of calories and you put no pressure on your joints. I did a lot of swimming last year when I had some knee issues.
  • ChicagoCarl

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    Jul 17, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    Thanks all for the responses. It gives me something to go on!
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    Jul 18, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    hand bike. awesome shoulder and arm workout too. there is a guy in a wheelchair at my gym, and he wrecks that thing. its impressive, the handbike (made up that name) is really tough.
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    Jul 18, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    If you saw the physical condition of most conductors, you wouldn't think that conducting was a good workout. Trust me, I've seen a lot!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 18, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    rowing
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    Jul 18, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Tabata masturbation? icon_biggrin.gif

    Kidding...

    I think rowing with a cast will not be practical. Do you have any resistant bands?

    Hope you recover soon...

    Cheers
  • junknemesis

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    Jul 18, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    Intense sex while lying down?
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    Jul 18, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    The "hand bike" a previous poster referred to is technically called an "upper body ergometer." Many clubs, particularly larger, full-service ones, usually have these. Or you can google and look into buying one for your home - they're available in a broad price range.

    Also, if you google/you tube "upper body cardio" or similar, you'll also come across websites with good ideas.

    Best of luck to you for a speedy recovery.
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    Jul 19, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    I need some advice. So I have injured my right ankle pretty severely... thus I can't put any weight on it (e.g. running, cycling for the next month). Do you guys have suggestions for cardio exercises I can do that don't require putting weight on my ankle?
  • misfit

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    Aug 01, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    If you can stand comfortably in your cast I'd suggest doing some work with battling ropes. Killer core/upper body workout and gets my heart rate up like crazy.
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    Aug 01, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
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  • Havasu

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    Aug 01, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    I just spit all over my computer screen. Funniest responses I've seen on this site. I had this same issue when I had a foot injury and was trying to find aerobic exercises. I think biking (feet on the pedals) was one of the things I remember being a good substitute because there is less impact.
  • xysx

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    Aug 01, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    modified rowing, with more of a stabilized leg but working core.& upper compound movements.
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    Aug 14, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    I'm a big fan of the Kranking (KrankCycle). It's made by the same company that developed the Spin Bike. Total upper body work out. Perhaps they have one at your gym.
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    Aug 14, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    I was in the same boat. After my surgery on my achilles I was in a hard cast and just in bed feeling like a zombie after taking so many vicodins...

    I basically just took a long break where I lost a ton of muscle mass. I didn't get fat at all b/c I have an insane metabolism though. I'm trying to get back to where I was but my lower body is still catching up and it's been more than 4 months but I'm still afraid to do a lot with my right foot.

    Hang in there. Time heals all...I hope.