Women's Health

How To Stay Fit When You’re Injured

Every month, we send some of your biggest questions on nutrition, health, and more to our panel of experts to answer. The question, “I have a leg injury and can’t run or bike. How can I maintain fitness while I recover?” was answered by Marci Goolsby, M.D., primary-care sports medicine physician, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

I often hear this question from my patients. For starters, check with your own doc to find out what’s appropriate for you as you recover.

You may be able to swim—it depends on the injury, but swimming with a pool buoy between your knees may work because it restricts your movements to the upper body.

You can also try upper-body weight lifting or using an upper-body ergometer (a machine that looks like a bike for your arms). Core strengthening may be doable too, and even Pilates—tell the instructor you might modify moves. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!)

As for your uninjured leg, don’t worry about strength training it alone—it will be getting enough exercise from all the extra work it’s doing to compensate for the hurt leg.

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