Top 6 Non-Weight Bearing Excercises To Keep You Fit

March 08, 2017

Top 6 Non-Weight Bearing Excercises To Keep You Fit

Read on to learn more about our top six non-weight-bearing exercises for people with lower leg injuries.

  1. Swimming Laps in the Pool When you stand in waist-deep water, your skeletal system only has to bear half of what you actually weigh. Once the water reaches your chest, your body weight drops by 75 percent. Once it reaches your neck, it drops by 90 percent. You get the picture—you give your skeletal system a rest when you swim. Swimming also builds muscular and cardiovascular strength. It’s one of the best ways to improve your overall fitness.
  2. Arm Cycling If you can ride a stationary bike with your lower leg injury, by all means, pedal away. If you can’t, choose the arm cycle. It’s an effective replacement activity for traditional biking, allowing you to maintain and potentially improve your cardiovascular health.
  3. Paddling a Canoe or Flatwater Kayak When you sit in a canoe or a kayak, you can rest your legs. However, your arms, shoulders, upper back, and abdominal muscles get a major workout. Every stroke is like a dumbbell row. Your abs contract. Your back, arms, and shoulders pull weight. In addition to your body and core gaining strength, paddling is an excellent cardiovascular exercise.
  4. Performing Spine-Strengthening Yoga Poses Your downward-facing dog asana might not be at its best as you recover from a lower leg injury. That’s because, despite the remarkable stretching benefits of standing yoga poses, you need to be able to put most of your body weight on your legs. Since that might not be an option for you right now, it’s time to focus on asanas that allow you to sit or lie down. The good news is these poses focus on strengthening your spine and abdominal muscles and stretching your back muscles. Over time, seated and lying poses can help you improve your balance and posture.
  5. Doing Pilates Pilates strengthens your core and increases your mobility. It can be an intense cardiovascular workout as well. If you do decide to pursue Pilates, start with a class. Meet the instructor before the class and explain the nature of your injury. Pilates uses modified poses for students with different levels of experience and fitness. Your instructor can show you some of the modified poses before class, so that you can keep up with the rest of the students. Like yoga, Pilates simultaneously stretches and strengthens. It teaches you to coordinate your inhalations and exhalations with the flexion and extension of each movement you perform. As a side benefit, these breathing techniques help you lower your heart rate, manage your anxiety, and increase your relaxation.
6. Lifting Upper Body Weights You only need your arms to lift dumbbells and barbells. You can bench-press. You can do seated rows. You can do overhead presses. There are a hundred or more dumbbell and barbell weight-lifting exercises you can do in the gym to get your heart rate going and strengthen your upper body. Your leg injury might prevent you from strength training your lower body, but it shouldn’t give you an excuse neglect your upper body. Review this list of non-weight-bearing exercise to maintain your fitness as you recover from injury. To learn more about how you can increase your mobility as you recover, contact a mobility solutions



KneeRover® Comparison

KneeRover® Comparison

The KneeRover® brand offers 12 unique knee walker solutions designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Please look at the comparison table below to help find the KneeRover® products that are the best fit for you. Product recommendations are based on your height, knee to floor distance, weight, and intended usage.

Please note that we offer 7 ALL TERRAIN options within the KneeRover® family. These revolutionary products enable you to navigate all types of outdoor terrain (grass, dirt, gravel, gaps in sidewalks, etc.) as well as easily move in your home or place of work. Our 7 ALL TERRAIN options have varying sizes and designs to help more people navigate life with no boundaries. To learn more about our All Terrain products, click here.

If you are recovering from a knee injury, we also offer a scooter that enables you to be seated while giving you freedom to move. More information on our Evolution Seated Scooter can be found here.

 

Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
GENERAL
Weight (lbs) 18 32 30 27 33 30
Weight Capacity (lbs) 160 250 300 300 350 300
Recommended User Height Range 3’9″ to 5’4″ 4’3″ to 5’9″ 4.9′ to 6’6″ 5′ to 6’6″ 5’6″ to 6’6″ 5″ to 6’6″
Terrain Use Indoor & Some Outdoor ALL TERRAIN Indoor & Some Outdoor Indoor & Some Outdoor ALL TERRAIN Indoor & Some Outdoor
Steerable YES YES YES YES YES YES
Folds for Easy Transport YES YES YES YES YES YES
Color Light Blue & Pink Red Blue Green & Hot Pink Blue Blue
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
DIMENSIONS
Overall Length (inches) 26 29 29 31 36 32
Width (inches) 16 18.25 17.5 16 20 16
Front Axle Width (inches) 16 18.25 17.5 16 20 16
Folded Height (inches) 14.5 16 17 18 18 23
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
KNEE PLATFORM (Distance from ground to top of knee pad)
Lowest Position (inches) 13.5 16 16 17.5 18 24(Seat)
Highest Position (inches) 17.5 19.5 22.5 22 21.5 31 (Seat)
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
KNEE PAD
Width (inches) 5.5 7 7 7 7 N/A
Length (inches) 10 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 N/A
Thickness (inches) 3 3 3 3 3 N/A
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
HANDLE BARS
Min Height (inches) 26.5 32 34 29.5 34 33.5
Max Height (inches) 36 38 41 38 41 40.5
Grips Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
WHEELS
Diameter (inches) 6 9 7.5 7.5 12 7.5
Number 4 3 plus Stabilizer Wheel 4 4 3 plus Stabilizer Wheel 4
Type Foam Filled Air Filled Bicycle Tires Solid Non Marking Rubber Solid Non Marking Rubber Air Filled Bicycle Tires Solid Non Marking Rubber
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
BRAKE
Type Rear Drum Brake Rear Bicycle Brake Rear Drum Brake Rear Drum Brake Rear Bicycle Brake Rear Drum Brake
Parking Brake YES YES YES YES YES YES
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
BASKET (INCLUDED)
Dimensions (inches) 9.25 x 6.5 x 7 9.25 x 6.5 x 7 12 x 8 x 8.5 11 x 9 x 8 12 x 8 x 8.5 11 x 9 x 8
Detachable YES YES YES YES YES YES
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
ASSEMBLY
Tool Free Setup YES YES YES YES YES YES