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    Fitness question
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    gramking posted:
    I've just joined Food & Fitness and need help. I am dealing with a stress fracture in my foot. What can I do to meet the fitness goal?
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    Tomato05 responded:
    It will probably take about 6 weeks for the fracture to heal. You will have to focus on your calorie intake during this period, forgetting about burning calories through exercise. So, you will have to eat quite a few calories less than when you are uninjured/more active, to compensate.

    The only cardio you could maybe do (but you will have to check) is swimming (maybe stationary bike later on). You can do upper body strength training while seated, just to maintain some muscle.
     
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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi gramking and welcome!

    I'm sorry to hear about your foot. I'm dealing with an injury right now and it's extremely frustrating. Have you talked with your doctor about seeing a physical therapist (PT) to discuss some no-impact exercises you can safely do? A PT can give you exercises that take into account an injury or your pain challenges.

    Tomato is right about focusing on calories - you can lose weight without exercise.

    Do you have access to a pool? You can check with your local Park and Recreation department or the YMCA. There might be fitness classes or lap swimming/free swim times where you could get moving without any impact on your foot. Of course, check with your doctor before doing any exercise!

    Sending healing thoughts your way!

    Haylen


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