What can I do for exercise with a broken leg?
January 19, 2011 9:41 AM Subscribe
I broke my leg in a surfing accident, what can I do to keep active while it heals?
posted by tylerkaraszewski to health & fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
About two weeks ago I broke my right leg. I'm usually a fairly active person, and get most of my exercise via road cycling and surfing -- neither of which I can do with a broken leg. I can do pushups, but that really is pretty limited. I'm wondering what other suggestions people might have for things I can do without risking re-injuring the leg. I'd *love* to be able to do some sort of cardio, as you can see I tend to prefer endurance types of activity.
In terms of logistical restrictions, I don't have a gym membership, and even if I did, I'm not allowed to drive, so I'm basically stuck using whatever's in or around my house right now. I had considered finding a pool where I could stuff a buoy between my knees and swim laps with just my upper body, but transportation is the big problem there.
In terms of physical ability, I am on crutches. I can bend my knee (and have been instructed to do so by my doctor), but can't put any weight on my leg. I also can neither fully straighten the leg, nor fully bend it, my range of motion with it runs from about 20 degrees of bend to about 110 degrees. My injury is a vertical crack running down my tibia from my knee. My expected recovery time is ~3 months.
I'd be willing to order some exercise equipment if it would help, but nothing too expensive as I will only be using it for a couple months (I might be willing to spend $200 or so total, maybe more if something seemed awesome).
Just sitting around the house all day is immensely depressing. I'm hoping if I can get some exercise I'll feel better.