Low impact cardio for a problematic knee

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 01:04
Hi all,

I'm hoping to get some creative suggestions on some low impact cardio that will get my heart pumping and help me burn off some of this fat... Especially belly fat! Long story short, I broke my leg in several places last year in a skiing accident. I also completely tore through my ACL and my MCL in my knee. I had emergency surgery on the day of the accident to reconstruct the bone. The ligament reconstructions were done in August 2011. After a long year of recovery, I am finally back to normal now, save some aches and pains.

I'm looking for creative ideas for cardio. I love dancing, tennis, water actives...basically any kind of exercise that doesn't feel like exercise. I am going to attend a deep water aerobics class this week, and I do the Dance Central game on Kinect which is a lot of fun. I also love outdoor bike riding, though it's not quite warm enough yet for that. (I've tried riding on a trainer inside and I tend to get bored.)

What are your favorite low impact, gimp-friendly Wink , decent calorie burn actives?

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 20:19
I have a bad knee too. As long as you have your doctor's ok, try checking out a spin class if you can. Using my heart rate monitor I find I burn anywhere from 450 -650 calories per 45 minute class and my knee never hurts. And spin classes are way more exciting than just a stationary bike by yourself. Some classes will have that whole visualization thing they do, but most just have a good music playlist and lead you through the motions - can be very high energy. See if you can find a good instructor nearby at www.spinning.com.

If I don't take a spin class, its usually the elliptical for me. As long as the cardio activity can manage to get you to raise your heart rate and then recover, you're doing fine.

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 11:02
An circuit weight lifting session is a good cardio workout. Don't rest more than a few seconds between sets.

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 15:59
I tore my ACL about 2 years ago and was having all kinds of trouble with my knee and high impact exercise, I took a water aerobics class(twice a week for 12 weeks) and let me tell you it was AWESOME for my knee. I've gained so much flexibility and even stability back in it to the point that it doesn't bother me to run(err well jog) now! I also have started rollerblading and it is very low impact on the knees, but can be hard on the ankles.

I've got other things I do if you want to add me as a buddy I can message you and keep you updated with new tricks I've found!

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 21:50
Look up "kranking" - it's like biking, but with your arms - sounds really strange, but it can be a great workout!! I've never done it myself, but a college friend is now a kranking instructor and is obsessed with it and has a ridiculously ripped upper body and is super lean...

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Posted: 21 Apr 2013, 07:07
The gym where I workout just got as recumbent elliptical bike. It is great. has arm workout just like the stand up elliptical. I have two bad knees and get a dual workout without hurting my knees.

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