On a Pink Typewriter

a writer with a hearty appetite & an active lifestyle

Workouts Lately

Hello, hello!

Let’s talk about working out. This fibula stress fracture has been a bit of buzzkill on the cardio front, you guys. It is helping push me to do more strength workouts, though, which is a good thing!

IMG_1895Lately, I’ve been getting my fitness fix with:

  • Body Pump classes
  • Barre workouts a la Pure Barre (I bit the bullet and bought a class package since I’m limited in what I can do to workout nowadays)
  • Walks outside {a slow to moderate pace}
  • Yoga
  • Elliptical and stationary bike, in very limited spurts

I’m not always great at being patient when it comes to myself and my own limits, so I’ve been semi pushing the threshold of doctor-approved workouts while waiting on this stress fracture to heal {which is not necessarily the smartest course of action – remember, I’m not a medical doctor or licensed fitness trainer}. I’ve been mindful to stop whatever activity I’m doing if I notice it in any way starts to hurt my leg, though, or results in pain afterwards.

I actually had to stop putting in much time on the elliptical or stationary bike because I noticed they both cause my foot to be tingly afterwards if I’m on either for too long. A physical therapist I know mentioned this might be due to aggravating the fractured fibula, which has a nerve attached to it. In other words, I need to remember that my orthopedist said to take it easy.

I’m trying, I’m trying. ;-)

If anyone has other suggestions for some good low-impact workouts, do tell! I’ve been considering adding swimming into the mix, but I  sort of feel like a flailing gorilla in the water.

Now I’m off to try and not eat the rest of these darn doughnuts (recipe probably coming this week). Have a good one!


Low-impact workout suggestions – go! 


  1. seriously, try mixing in air squats… you will be surprised how much you can get your heart going with just your own body weight. do a set of 25, then a toning exercise, like a plank…then do 25 more air squats… repeat, repeat… I promise your heart will get going and your legs will be sore the next day… but your leg shouldn’t take much stress at all.

  2. I had bunion surgery and did a few YouTube videos of low impact to no impact workouts. Also a bit of Yoga and Pilates off of there too. I also did a lot of stability ball workouts off of YouTube as well. The chair workouts are not much, but I took it as a challenge to get a sweat on, lol, a lot of arm flailing went on. Good luck on your healing!

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog – love it! Thought I would comment because I had a similar injury and was going crazy from lack of cardio … swimming is SUCH a great workout. I played waterpolo throughout high school and have yet to be in that great of cardiovascular shape since then! Give it a whirl :)

    • joelle

      April 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Yay, I’m glad you found my blog! Great to know about swimming as a workout… I want to give it a try, but have been a little intimidated!

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