Exercising with an injured foot is a challenge – but here are some vids which prove it needn’t get in the way of your workout if you’re determined enough.
Heather Frey of Smashfit won’t let injury stop her regime despite being footless! Note how she incorporates an element of cardio by doing her reps quite fast.
The workout does focus on the arms and shoulders but yes you do get the metabolism heart-lung emphasis too – reminds me of when I hurt my knee quite a few years back, I used an upright rowing machine at the gym to keep that side of my fitness regime going.
And while we’re on the subject of cardio, here’s a chair-based workout from Trish Blackwell – she’s even got a heart-rate monitor on under her sports bra to prove it works (Actual workout begins about 2.15 into the vid after the preamble).
My Google search for Trish Blackwell revealed she’s a confidence trainer – as well as a fitness coach – interesting, really, when you think about it – not being able to exercise the way I want to has affected me in more ways than just physically.
Anyway! Here’s another vid of how to exercise with a broken foot – please accept my apologies for the music – there is no commentary but you’ll see a woman called Katie Hartman (can’t find any web links to her outside of YouTube) doing a lot of the exercises I’m looking forward to getting back to in Guerrilla Training (I think the US equivalent is crossfit).
Yet again – it’s great to see people working out, in full exercise gear despite the relevant bandaging!
I have just over a week to go until I can legitimately run again, do all yoga again, go to a normal Guerrillas class again.
But the week in question is going to be packed-full of crazy work commitments so that’s what I’ll be concentrating on.
However, I can’t wait to be back in the saddle and there’s still going to be plenty to go at in this blog, so watch this space!
This Saturday night, as you turn in, give a thought to the 15,000 walkers who’ll be lining up for the 18th London Moonwalk.
They’ll be setting off from Clapham Common round about midnight in decorated bras to fight breast cancer.
With the last ones expected back between 11 o’clock and midday on Sunday, it’s safe to say some will be walking non-stop for around 12 hours!
They’ll be going through highs – and lows – as they tread mile after mile over the Full Moon marathon distance – 26.2 miles (you can do the Half Moon if you prefer), and not having the usual sleep can do crazy things to their minds.
Trust me – I’ve been there! I did the event twice – in 2004 and 2006.
Despite clocking up the necessary miles in training, nothing prepared me for the mental and emotional impact it would have on me, but this in itself contributed to the sense of achievement that will stay with me for life.
I first found out about it when I was working as a broadcast journalist for the BBC’s regional internet sites in the East Midlands.
I like that satisfying feeling of sore muscles as I relax in the evening after a work-out.
I like knowing how rock-hard my muscles are – whether that’s looking at my sharply-defined calves in a mirror or even running my hands down my thighs.
I like that clarity of mind – and even the “high” that running gives me.
I like that sense of achievement and satisfaction gained from exercise.
And – arguably, most of all – I love the fact that it means I don’t have to religiously watch what I eat.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not what would be described as overweight – my BMI is about 24 and I don’t even own a set of bathroom scales.
You’ve gathered I’m a driven person – I’m certainly not a coach potato.
Yet Failure is inviting me – it’s like a big, soft, cushy armchair, calling my big, soft, flabby body (so it seems) to settle down.
I’ll freely admit that my eating regime is not meticulously healthy – but then exercise has always been my “get out of jail” card.
Just think – I used to avoid a flabby midriff by doing the “plank” – but now I can’t because that puts weight on my foot too.
Now it seems I must apply myself to disciplined eating – and it’s not a happy situation.
Of course I’m familiar with the regime of “eating sensibly” – and, believe it or not, when I was a member of Weight Watchers that regime was very welcome (and successful!) indeed, not least because it caters for those of us who live in the real world.
So, wanting to get an angle on reality, I approached the cook at my local pub – she’s lost a couple of stone with Slimming World – and she put me in touch with her leader.
Paula, who runs the Slimming World group at Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent, told me; “I’ve got some members who can’t exercise – and they’re still losing weight every week.
“One lady broke her leg last year, she put on weight with comfort-eating, but she’s lost two stone so far.
“It can be frustrating sometimes if you can’t exercise, but if you get the food on plan you’ll lose weight for sure.”
She did, however, go on to say: “I think that once members have reached Target, the ones who maintain it tend to be active”.
I cannot fault all this – in fact I applaud it.
It is just I have what can best be described as a “hang-up” about dieting.
Without going into gender politics, the psychological aspect bugs me.
Dieting is part of female life, so it seems.
I remember my mother preparing what she happily described as a “skinn-ee lay-dee” salad for herself.
From my teenage years I was acutely aware that the “naughtiness” of eating something that tastes good can give me the type of body I detest.
And now, of course, it’s time to grow up.
Nine weeks since the break and – instead of calories – I’m counting down the weeks ’til I can run again.
I promised in an earlier post to bring you a real live dancer whom injury had stopped doing the one thing she really loved.
Meet nine-year-old Amber Kershaw. She’s the first child to feature on this blog – but her frustration – and determination – is just as real as anyone else’s!
For the last three years or so, Amber’s enjoyed dancing with Stoke-on-Trent based Urban Vibez and has entered many events with her crew Crazy 8’s.
All this changed last June.
Amber told me: “I was doing a hand-spring and I slipped.”
Her mother Roisin McKinney added: “She came in from the park one day and said, ‘I think I’ve broken my arm’, and I didn’t take her seriously! So I sent her to bed with some ice on it and when we woke up in the morning it was the size of a football.”
They went straight to A&E, where doctors confirmed Amber had not only broken her tibia and fibula, but had dislocated her elbow too.
Amber was told by medics her fracture was one of the worst they’d seen in a child.
But her fellow dancers were very supportive – “I got a lot of attention, they just looked after me a lot.”
Fate being what it is, Amber injured her arm the day after her plaster cast came off in September, prompting more trips to the hospital, more time away from dancing and another plaster cast. She’s undergone surgery too.
Watching her friends dance when she couldn’t join in soon proved frustrating for Amber and she preferred to stay home rather than sit on the side-lines.
Roisin said: “She’s had to miss a lot of dances, and I think that’s affected her in all aspects of her life because she did say to me once that music and dancing was her whole life.
“But she’s determined and she’s never stopped practicing – even when she shouldn’t have been! And now she’s going to go to the world dance competitions in August.”
In the more immediate future, she may even be off to compete in Blackpool.
Amber’s under no illusion that she has a lot of moves to learn – and she still has to be careful doing anything that involves putting weight on her hands, such as the “drop”.
Pain, too, is an issue. It’s certainly affected her confidence.
Grandad Martin McKinney said: “I’ve watched her practicing, and yes, she has shied away from her dance because of the wariness she might hurt something. But bit by bit she’s getting better.”
“Obviously pain sometimes meant that she’s had to miss lessons so she’s missed a hell of a lot and she’s joined in when she can,” Roisin explained, “But I know it’s frustrated her, because she can’t do the things she used to do and she’s been in a lot of pain over the months.”
Judging from Amber’s dedication, I for one reckon this won’t stop her making a complete return to street dancing – and I wish her all the best in Glasgow this summer.
Please note – full parental consent was given for this interview and an adult family member was present at all times.