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    Default Broken Ankle... How to maintain fitness level

    Long story short..... I was working down in south ga on the wildfires and broke my right ankle. I will limited for atleast the next 6-8 weeks to crutchs and have to keep weight off of it.

    My main question is what can I do to keep my fitness level up? I figure I will work on my upper body for the time being. But i'm very open to suggestions and idea's

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    When I sprained my ankle a couple years ago, I concentrated on my upper body. I used machine weights so I could sit down and not put weight on my ankle. Just make sure you rest and take care of your foot. You want it to get better, not worse.

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    Talk to your doctor about water running, it is a great work out.
    Also swimming is low impact and a great work out.
    "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all"

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    Go to the gym and see what they have for the upper body. I agree don't make your injury worse. By me the gym I go to has an upper body cardio machine, it looks like a bike you pedal with your arms.

    Good luck on your recovery, and ever after 6-8 weeks you'll bounce back quick as long as you aren't just sitting around.

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    Watch what you eat.. I broke my foot off duty in 1987 and used 6 weeks of sick time.. even though I had a walking cast, I couldn't be as active as I was...and I gained 20 pounds. It's easy to pack on, very hard to lose!
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    You could always hop....
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