What are you doing to maintain some modicum of fitness while NWB? Is it a good or bad idea to try something?
Today I decided to tackle my octane seated elliptical machine with my foot propped up and resting, so my arms and good leg got the workout. 10 minutes lowest level was all I allowed myself to see what happens. Toes are a little purple but not at all painful.
__________________ Jan 18, 2013: PTT transfer, peroneal longus to brevis tendon transfer, calcaneal osteotomy with medial slide, plantar fascia release
I've been thinking about this too. My whole workout routine is going to have to change as running was my main go-to for cardio pre-surgery and I'd like to start to ease back into some type of routine adding on to it as I can. I don't really enjoy the elliptical or bike as much as running, but I think it's going to be my best option. I've been riding the bike for a few minutes to warm up at PT and it feels great, so I was thinking of asking my PT today if I can try this at the gym and see how it feels. I'd love to get into something more (e.g., strength) but not sure what's ok for me to do. I feel like such a slug since I haven't been able to work out for the 10 weeks before surgery, never mind the months before that when I was in too much pain to work out.
I've done a group strength training class for a couple years, started prior to acquiring the ankle from hell. The trainer at the gym & I have worked out pretty good PWB adjustments to his standard workouts to deal with my repeated sprains. Generally, I end up doing lots of abs . Somewhere below the thick layer of blubber there are abs of steel. Last night I tried some modifications to see if I can do stuff NWB. I think I'm going to have to plan on waiting until I get to PWB. Doing stuff on an exercise ball with one leg up is a little scary (but a darn good workout).
I have been making an effort to go up and down the stairs in my house more because that flexion is really what I have the farthest to go with and I swear that alone feels like a workout right now! I was practicing "walking" at PT yesterday (getting all of my toes down the right way) and I practically broke a sweat doing that! My body had a loonnngg way to go once I can get back to actually working out!