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Cardio for Lower Body Injuries

June 3, 2016
love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger Cardio for lower body injuries

As some of you know, I have been battling a broken foot injury the last several weeks.  In order to get my cardio in, I have had to be creative.  Tuesday, I was officially upgraded to a wrap instead of the boot, but I still need to be careful. Most of the time, I have been walking for a few miles a day, but lately Texas has been raining so much it is flooding in areas.  Since my favorite moves for toned arms was a hit, I decided to try again.  Here are 5 indoor moves using a chair, so you can get cardio for lower body injuries any time any place (you can do these moves even without an injury).

Equipment Needed:

  • Sturdy chair (no wheels)
  • Timer

Complete each move for 60 seconds and take a 10 second break in between

Alternating kicks

To do the move: Either hold on to the arms of the chair or put hands in guard position.  Alternate front leg kicks. Be sure to kick with your heel and not your toe.  Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.

Chair jacks

To do the move: Your arms will move in jack position (above your head) as you alternate toe taps to the side. Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.

Punch series

To do the move: Cross punch once to the left (using right arm) and once to the right (using left arm).  Then “jab” punch 4 times straight to the front.  Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.

Seated mountain climbers

To do the move: (This move feels like a kid throwing a tantrum).  Reach up and down while alternating arms and legs. Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.

Seated bicycle crunches

To do the move: Bring your opposite elbow to your opposite knee and alternate crunches.  For an extra challenge, try to keep your feet from touching the floor to engage your lower abs.

Repeat entire series 2-3 times

*Disclaimer: Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning these or any other exercises. 

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Let me know if you plan on trying this cardio for lower body injuries.  Remember, you don’t have to be injured to complete this chair cardio series!   Leave a comment below!

  • Ginger Marie June 3, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Haha this is such a fun post! I love your gifs! I totally need to start making those! This looks like a great workout for while i’m at work!!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Awh! Thank you! They are a pain in the butt, but much better than my annoying voice on video. 😉

  • Kira-Marie June 3, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Love your videos!! So easy to follow! Can’t wait to try this workout later!! Thanks for the info and easy demonstrations!!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Thank you! That makes me happy to hear that. 🙂 Have a great week!

  • kerona June 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

    This is an amazing post and great alternatives, thanks for sharing this really great post
    have a lovely weekend

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

      I hope you had a great weekend. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  • linda spiker June 3, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Great ideas! Dealing with an injury can be so depressing, this would be a fun way to keep your spirits up until healing takes place!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Yes! It is incredibly frustrating. Happy to help others. 🙂

  • Sophia June 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I need to do this, I would love to sit down and exercise.

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

      If only I could sit down, drink wine, eat pizza and chocolate and workout all at the same time. 🙂

  • Brittany Giles June 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    You look so cute and these can also work for people addicted to watching t.v. I plan on using these on commercial breaks next week! lol

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Awh, thanks girl! I love watching TV too. Unfortunately I am usually lying down all snuggly when I start and have a very hard time getting back up.

  • Courtney Pies June 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    These are some great exercises! I am definitely saving this and will start doing some of these next week!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thanks, girl!! I hope you start them this week!

  • Deynece June 4, 2016 at 8:29 am

    This is just what i needed today!!! I injured my self running ten miles down a mountain so this will be perfect!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Oh no! You poor thing!! Hope this helps and you are back on your feet in no time.

  • Debs June 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    These are great ideas for exercises. Will share them with a friend who has plantar fasciitis. Thank you!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

      I hope your friend enjoys! Thank you!!

  • Shann Eva June 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This is so great. It’s perfect for anyone that has an injury, or even if you have limited time/space. I’m thinking I could do this in our hotel room when we’re on vacation.

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Yes! That would be perfect!

  • Heather with WELLFITandFED June 4, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Hey, these are great and I love what you use for video. Really cool! This would be great to promote to seniors as well.

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Yes! That would be perfect!

  • Rica@Yoga Mat Monkey.com June 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

    You make this looks like a blast! Love your enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Thanks, dear! That is so sweet!

  • Becca Wilson June 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    What great ideas! They absolutely look like things that I could fit in to my busy lifestyle too.

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

      For sure! I love that I can do them at work. 🙂

  • Dia All The Things I Do June 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I am so glad I found this! Seriously. I have a knee injury so some things are too impactful but this seems perfect! Thanks so much. Bookmarking this 🙂

    • Jessica June 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Of course! I hope this helps you!!I hope you feel better quickly.

  • Tessa June 26, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I’m excited to try this, I have a sever ankle sprain and can’t do any weight bearing exercise!!

    • Jessica June 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      They work great. I know exactly how you feel and it was great being able to get my heart rate up without any foot pressure.