One of the many great things Chandler has to offer is miles of bike lanes and paths. It’s a cycling-friendly town, with road lanes and trails for serious and casual bikers alike! Biking is a great form of exercise for anyone, even those with injured feet. It’s one of several different low-impact exercises that you can do to stay fit if you’re recovering from a foot condition.
Continuing to strain foot injuries with hard impacts and heavy pressure will only slow down a recovery—or make your problem worse. You absolutely need to rest your feet so they heal correctly. However, active people and athletes don’t usually like sitting around. You want to stay fit and not fall out of shape while you recover.
Fortunately, more easygoing exercises can offer a comparable aerobic and strength-building effect for your body, so you don’t get out of shape as you heal. These activities work your whole body without pounding your feet on hard surfaces. So while you’re doing what you need to do to get better, work these cross-training exercises into your routines:
Careful weight training that doesn’t involve jumping or pounding builds your muscles without harming your feet. Try rowing or various weight machines.
The resistance from the water keeps your muscles working and raises your heart rate. Water running is especially good for recovering runners. Just strap on a floatation device and “run” in deep water, keeping your form as close to normal as possible.
Swimming involves no hard impacts on the feet, but still works your lower limb muscles and your cardio. Try swimming laps in a variety of strokes.
This does involve some pressure on the lower limbs, but without the pounding. Biking is a great way to condition your feet to return to other activities.
Never underestimate the power of stretching with balance. Like biking, yoga is great for conditioning the lower limbs and building back full power.
Even if you haven’t hurt your lower limbs, cross-training with these exercise alternatives is a good idea. They maintain your fitness while allowing your feet a little time to recover from your regular activities.
Just remember to pay attention to your injured feet as you stay fit with these low-impact exercises. Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona can help you come back strong as you recover. You can make an appointment with our two offices by calling, faxing, or use the website. To reach us in Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to reach us in Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
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