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Kelly Ripa Injured on Crutches, Not Allowed to Exercise For Three to Six Weeks

Can You Pull a Kelly Ripa: Sit Out Instead of Sweat Out?

There comes a time in nearly everyone's life where physical limitations get in the way. I've had a shattered ankle, sprained ligaments, and broken bones that have often left me on the sideline cheering my teammates on instead of joining them on the field. But, truth be told, I didn't always hate it when I was told I needed to "sit this one out." In fact, I sometimes (gasp!) liked it. It made me take a breather and allowed my body to relax when I couldn't see the need myself.
Kelly Ripa, one of daytime talk shows' wittiest and self-deprecating personalities, recently chatted about her own injury. A fitness maniac, the pint-sized mother of three is admittedly obsessed with working out daily. Having experienced some pain in her hip, she went to see a doctor who discovered she has a stress fracture of the fermoral neck in her right hip. Unfortunately, the fitness guru immediately started to worry about her routine and admitted to being freaked out that her doctor demanded she not work out for three to six weeks. Knowing her love for the gym, she'll find some way to sneak in a sweaty activity or two.

Could you walk away from the gym, even on doctor's orders?

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mommahello mommahello 6 years
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
I was out of running for some time- there are almost always alternatives. I mean, taking time off can be good too, but, for example, I could swim and bike and elliptical and do upper body lifting.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I would freak out if I couldn't work out, even if I got injured. When I injured my IT band, I stopped running but I switched to the elliptical machine. If I was ever in so much pain that I couldn't exercise, I guess I would take a break, but it would be SO tough.
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
Yes, I could walk away based on doc's orders and have done so in the past. Surgeries have required that I take a 6 week hiatus. One has to look at the big picture and what is good for the body in the long run vs. satisfying temporary needs. You only get one body, treat it with TLC.
dcredhead dcredhead 6 years
This happened to me this summer - pain in my hip after longer runs (5 miles or more) that left me with a limp. After seeing TWO different orthopedic specialists, MRI's of my hip, leg and spine, and starting physical therapy, it was finally diagnosed as a bulged disc in my lumbar spine that was pinching a nerve that ran through my leg - causing my thigh to atrophy (it was two inches smaller in diameter than the other thigh). All of this took about 4 months to figure out and I was given strict orders to not run. If it wasn't for the interval program on the elliptical I would have gone insane! I'm finally back to running short runs and I will never ignore an injury again!
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
I would, but I would be afraid of losing my fitness or gaining weight.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I get pretty anxious and jittery if I don't work out on any given day. Not even anxious about missing a work out, but I can just tell that I have extra pent-up energy that needs to be let out! This was pretty hard when I had plantar facitis (however you spell it) this summer. I probably went back to the gym before I should have, but I was ok!
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
Fitsugar this is why I love you... so strange this is a perfect post for me today. My hip has been hurting a lot after I run or do elliptical. I've tried to take it "easy" but it's soooo hard.. I can't make it more than 3 days without going for a run. It's always ok and then hurts later. I have a doc appointment on Friday. And yes, whatever he says I'll do. In college I had runner's knee and the doc told me not to run for 6 weeks. I didn't run for the entire time, to the day. Afterward never felt a twinge of pain, and I'm glad I listened. I'm so scared the doctor will tell me the same thing for this one... :( I will be bloated at the holiday parties with no workout to save me!!! Boo. Lastly Kelly Ripa shouldn't work out so hard. I heard her say once she works out EVERY day so that her heart "beats out of her chest". Umm, okay psycho. Hasn't she noticed the bones stick out in her chest? It makes me cringe every time. She would look so much better with 5-10 pounds on her.
katiekat95 katiekat95 6 years
Yes! I had a gynecological surgery this year where I couldn't get my heart rate up for fear of excessive bleeding...and I took it as a welcomed break. I did cut down on my calories...but I'd rather watch out for my health!
radiowires radiowires 6 years
Absolutely. I broke my foot earlier this year and stayed away from most activity (except swimming, and even then I mostly did pulls) until it was completely healed. Better to sit and stew in frustration for a few weeks than to have the ability to run taken away forever.
bisou002 bisou002 6 years
I had a herniated disc that pinched off 80% of my sciatic nerve (the 20% that wasn't being pinched was allowing me to control my bladder and bowels - fun!). I was in such excruciating pain that even though I exercise 6 days a week, all I cared about was recovery (I ended up having surgery). Sometimes you just have to think about what's most important.
kclulu kclulu 6 years
I have luckily never been sidelined with injuries. I have had pain and minor ailments but nothing that would prevent me from working out for any length of time. I would have a really really hard time with that and no doubt I would find some other way to work out to make due. Hang in there runnerleash, I hope you heal soon!
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years problem...would rather heal completely so that I can go back and resume my normal work-out routine!
deanna024 deanna024 6 years
If she has has to take it easy on her legs/hips, what about those cool arm-bike things? You can get a great workout on those and no lower body involved. She's probably living everyone's dream: being told not to exercise over the holidays!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
It depends on the doctor, honestly. If the doctor is actually aware that I am seeking to return to my former lifestyle and is obviously helping me take steps to make that happen, explaining to me why complete rest is needed, then I would take his advice. Many doctors are terrified of being sued, though, so they tend to err on the side of extreme caution when it comes to injury.
soberstripe soberstripe 6 years
Thats awful I hope she gets better! I've been sick this week and haven't worked out. It really does make you feel restless and sluggish. Not a good feeling at all.
RunnerLeash1 RunnerLeash1 6 years
I have been dealing with an injury since march... I have not worked out for the last 2 months because I literally can't... I went from never taking more than a week off since childhood playing volleyball my whole life to now doing nothing but maybe walking and its really starting to get to me especially since the injury is not improving... it might be good to have a post on what to do when injured to get through it.
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