There’s a recent article in Time Magazine titled “How Do I Burn Calories With an Injury?”
It’s a great question. Whether you are a serious athlete or an active recreational athlete, a body in motion likes to stay in motion, which means you likely are looking for the fast-track to return to your sport and sometimes even everyday life activities.
However, your injury is likely preventing you from doing such activity until such time that the injured muscle, tendon, ligament or bone(s) have recovered. This does not mean that you need to be totally inactive.
In fact, according to a review study from Princeton University, for athletes, being sidelined from sports can trigger anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. The Time Magazine piece has some great tips, including the use of home exercise machines like Excy that act similar to an upper body ergometer and allows you to pedal with your hands for an endorphin rush (cardio and strength training) with a leg injury. Even with a leg injury upper body workouts with Excy can offer an amazing way to build aerobic capacity and upper body strength, burn calories, and build core stability.
Excy can be used as an arm bike from the floor, but it can also be done from a table with a leg injury:
Whether used as an arm bike or recumbent bike, you can read more about how Excy customers use Excy to stay active during an injury or simply during everyday life at www.excy.reviews.
The Time article also has some great tips for burning calories when nearly all forms of vigorous or dynamic exercise may be off limits, including using non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT, as it’s called by the experts who study it..