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Recently, a client of mine sprained her ankle and was told that she had pretty serious damage from the sprain and from earlier injuries to the same area. Her doctor put her on crutches for a month and told her the only way she could go to work was if her boss would let her do everything seated with her foot up.

Staying Fit With Limited Mobility

I thought we’d give the doc a break and call in the fitness guru.  Donna Martelli answers a client’s question about staying fit while laid up or when mobility is limited.  Even if you don’t have a current injury, you can use the following tips for office fitness as well. 

Limited mobility…what can I do?

By Donna Martelli (Holistic Health and Fitness Expert)

Recently, a client of mine sprained her ankle and was told that she had pretty serious damage from the sprain and from earlier injuries to the same area.  Her doctor put her on crutches for a month and told her the only way she could go to work was if her boss would let her do everything seated with her foot up.  Right before this injury, she had started a weight loss and fitness program. She was totally at wits end as to what to do now that her mobility was severely limited.  Here is what I told her:

“Laura (not her real name), there are many things you can do to stay in shape and loose weight.  Do you have any free weights?  (If not, use 2 gallon milk jugs filled with water.) You can work with them sitting down.  Also you can do sit ups in a chair and push ups with your hands on the arms of a chair.  You are creative – do anything you can do in a chair!  But, most importantly for now – limit your calories to 1700 per day.  Try to eat mostly fruits and vegetables with some whole grains and a little chicken or fish.  Drink LOTS of water – 8+ glasses a day. By doing  just those things, you can loose a significant amount of weight and tone your middle and upper body in a month.  Use this as an opportunity!”

Sometimes we need to think in new ways.  Circumstances change, but there is always a way to work out and stay in shape at any level.  Every time I have had to change my program due to a “problem”, I have learned and developed things that would never have come to be without the perceived “limitation”!

***As with any new fitness program, consult your healthcare provider before you start, especially if you have injuries present in your body. ***For more information about Donna Martelli and the services she provides, visit Beautiful Bodies Fitness.

 

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About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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  1. The creativity when encountering problems is the difficult part. You gave Laura great solution, but did she really made it?
    It is much more difficult to keep these rules when one mobility is damaged. It’s just boring and eating is sadly a common way to fight boredom.

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