Accomplished horsewoman and fitness expert Emily Harrington offers advice on dealing with an injury and getting back in the saddle.
By Emily J. Harrington | April 29, 2012
I recently had foot surgery, which involved inserting a rod and screws. I really need to work out, but I’m not sure where to start.
The very first thing I would ask is if you were given any guidelines from your doctor. Because I am not aware of the scope of your injury or reason for surgery, I cannot answer your question directly.
However, there are many exercises that can be done without engaging the lower body:
- Upper body workouts with or without weights
- Swimming with a lower body buoy
- Arm cycling
- Seated on ball core work and/or stretches
- Floor exercises focused on the core
The most important thing is that you heal and get back to doing the things you love to do.
– Emily J. Harrington, CPT, equestrienne fitness trainer, is a multiple AQHA world champion and top-10 World Show finisher.
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