(Closed) Broken ankle: need some alternative workout ideas

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am so sorry that you broke your ankle. I really feel for you. I broke my ankle a couple of years ago in 5 different places including the joint and ended up staying in the hospital for a week. They wanted to keep me longer, but I wouldn’t let them.

I am also a klutz. I was walking back from the mailbox (no mail btw) and must have stepped on a pebble or something. It is a good thing I had someone with me because the ambulance had to be called and they had to give me lots of morphene (sp) to get me on the truck.

I wasn’t able to do much of anything for about a year. I hope you heal quicker. Much quicker. You probably won’t be able to do much for awhile either. Since you just broke it, you should stay off of it as much as possible so it can set right. Once you are sure it has set then I suggest just walk around your place a little bit at a time. For now you will just have to stick to upper body exercises.

Post # 4
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Awwww I am so sorry to hear about your ankle! I would consider doing some type of water aerobics/swimming if you are able. I know that swimming burns way more calories than even running so it may be a great alternative.

Maybe you could also do the rowing machine because you are sitting and just not use your bad ankle. Just some thoughts….

I hope that you feel better!!!!! 🙂

Post # 5
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010


  I too have broken my ankle- Tib/Fib Fracture with dislocation…no fun.  I broke mine parachuting.  I had to keep in shape as I’m in the Army.  I did a lot of upper body- punches take NO lower body.  Look at a boxing workout and do it sitting or if you can do pistols- one leg stands/squats.  Keep a chair next to you for balance. 

You can do one leg stands and bounce a tennis ball or basket ball off a wall or even sitting if you have to.  Do abs. Do elevated pushups with your knees on a chair.  If you go from one to the other you will get your heart rate up and thus get an aerobic workout. Keep the pace high and HR up. 

I also biked IN MY CAST on a stationary bike.  It was mostly one legged pushing but got better over time.  I then went to the elliptical…slowly. 

Good luck!


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