I’ve got a leg in­jury so my usual car­dio is out – what else can I do?

Women's Health (UK) - - IN THE KNOW -

There’s lit­tle more frus­trat­ing than all the pain and none of the gain, so how can you nav­i­gate in­jury while keep­ing your fit­ness lev­els up? ‘Depend­ing on the sever­ity and anatom­i­cal re­gion of the is­sue, swim­ming is a good non-weight bear­ing work­out for your whole body,’ says Dr Ralph Rogers, con­sul­tant in sports and orthopaedic medicine. ‘And cy­cling im­proves leg strength while be­ing less stress­ful on joints than run­ning and walk­ing.’ Plus, there’s noth­ing to stop you work­ing on your up­per-body strength. Moves fo­cused on the core should be doable too, though if that’s yoga or Pi­lates, make sure you in­form the in­struc­tor of your in­jury. As for your healthy leg, that’ll get plenty of ex­er­cise from com­pen­sat­ing for the other.

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