Staying Fit Even with a Blown Tire
> 4/4/2006 8:45:35 AM

Injuries are going to happen. While many can be debilitating, others might be more accurately described as a nuisance. But what is important to remember is that staying healthy and maintaining an exercise regimen can be an important part of recovery, both physical and mental. In today's Washington Post, the "Crew and A" team tackles the question of how to workout when dealing with an injured foot or leg.

The important thing is to find ways to work the muscle groups that can be worked and to not put undue strain on the injury. One strategy that the team mentions is getting in the water. Aqua jogging and similar deep water routines provide a low impact cardio workout. Once healing gets under way one can even take their workout to shallower waters to add some low impact, gradually progressing back onto land.

Utilizing machines is another strategy. The team suggests riding a stationary bike with only one leg, being careful obviously to not whack the injury with the free swinging pedal. Elliptical machines, rowing devices and the Arc Trainer are all also acceptable, depending on the nature of the specific injury.

A final strategy is to make use of specially designed free weight circuit. Cycling through different exercises, targeting major muscle groups, will get the heart rate up and blood pumping. Be careful when planning exercises however because free weight exercises can deceptively require unexpected body parts and muscles.

In most cases, a bum wheel is no reason not to get to the gym and take care of yourself. Finding a routine that works for you and your injury may take some creativity, but the routine and benefits of the exercise can be revitalizing in and of themselves. With a good plan, recovery time can come down and you should be back on your feet in no time.

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