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Kerri Walsh on Maintaining Fitness With an Injury

The following post was written by Olympic athlete and mom Kerri Walsh, two-time gold medalist in pairs beach volleyball.

It's hard to lose weight when I keep getting all these injuries. Of course, the best thing to do with a major injury is rest and heal. But I can't really afford to take time off right now. With nicknack injuries, it is important to take the injury into consideration and modify your workout accordingly.

  • For leg injuries, swimming is great. The water provides resistance, but it is a low impact workout.
  • For foot, ankle or lower back injuries, try the stationary bike. The arm bike is also a great workout and will really get your heart going. You can also do a slow walk on the treadmill, but make sure you do it on a steep incline. This will work your muscles and keeps your heart rate up.
  • Circuit lifting is also good. It allows you to focus on larger muscles not affected by the injury. More muscle means more calories burned and cardio and strength training is a full workout in one.
  • Yoga is always wonderful. It is zero impact and as long as you do not have a back injury, it will help with muscle strain.

Remember, just listen to your body and do not push yourself too far.

Be sure to catch up and read all of Kerri's great posts on FitSugar!

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