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Thread: How do I work out my entire body... Except my wrists and ankles?

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    I have tendonitis in both my ankles and possibly both my wrists. My lack of activity is very frustrating. How can I work out the rest of my body so I don't drive myself completely insane? I'm open to any excersie, as long as it doesn't involve my wrists and ankles.


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    I wrenched my wrists last week in a gymnastic maneuver, so I had to modify lots of exercises in boot camp this morning; no push ups, bears crawls or crab walks for me!


    No ankles makes it doubly tough, but here's one for you: The army crawl, where you lay on your belly and pull yourself forward on your forearms.


    Then, as long as you're already cleaning the floor with your body...sit on the ground, legs straight in front of you, and scoot on your butt by wiggling from side to side; go forwards for a distance, then go backwards.


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    Two possible series of movements (not ideal but maybe a start):


    For the back: Bent over row, to stiff leg dead lifts, to calf raises, to shrugs, to upright rows. That should hit your back and without interfering with the sensitive joints.


    For the front: Stiff leg dead lifts, to biceps curl, to shoulder press.


    All movements slow, steady, and controlled. Because you'll need lighter weight for the curl you might not get enough stimulation from the stiff leg dead lifts. Break those out separately if you want higher weight.


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    I have a ganglion cyst in my wrist and can't do anything requiring me to bend my wrist very much. I'm able to do push-ups on top of dumbbells (wrists remain straight). Not sure if this would be too much pressure on your wrists, though.

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    What about swimming?

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    Not the whole body, but parts of the lower...


    Attach weights to your legs just below the knees (like ankle weights, but wear them up closer to the knee). Lie on your back and put your legs in the air. From here you can do motions that resemble bicycle or skiing or scissor kicks, etc.


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    Second vote for swimming (or some type of water exercise).


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    Good idea on the swimming...


    You say possibly both wrists... what does that mean?


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    dragonmamma - That made me laugh. The 'walking on your butt' thing - Joan Crawford said she did that to keep her butt in shape.


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    Whatever works, yanno? Velcro a couple of Swiffer pads to your back pockets, and you can buff your hardwood or tile floors while you workout.


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