Cardio with a hamstring injury - what should i do?

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  1. Ironnik94 Perdition Belt

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    Hello folks, so as the title says, i've got a problem with my right hamstring, but still don't wanna miss out on cardio at all.
    My goal, so as long as i'm injured, is to just maintain or maybe slightly increase my aerobic cardio.

    Is there a cardio exercise (which i can do for 45-60 minutes) that does not involve the hamstrings in the slightest?

    If not, then is it sufficient to to just shorten the breaks between my strength training exercises*, to increase the intensity for my cardiovascular system? Is that maybe even the preferable option for me to a possible separate cardio exercise?
    *(currently doing mostly push ups, leg raises, pull ups and a few dumbbell exercises)


    Thanks in advance to y'all.
     
  2. IndyCovaHart Steel Belt

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    I don’t know how serious the injury is but with light enough resistance and careful technique even cycling isn’t out of the question.
     
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    It doesn't hurt bad, but it just won't go away, i've had it since months now, so i really wanna try to avoid anything that requires the hamstring to do even the tiniest amount of work.

    Appreciate your suggestion though.
     
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    Arm pedal bike.

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    If your hamstring cant do anything at all... you could try competitive wheelchairing. Your hamstring is recruited by any ‘cardio’ worth a damn imo. Not being able to activate it at all seems like a huge injury
     
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    If only i wasn't broke, lol.
    No access to a speedbag, but i have a reflex bag, might wanna checkt that out.
    It's annoying as hell.

    I can go running or walking without noticing much, but a few hours afterwards it gets worse again and i notice "well, this isn't gonna heal like this".

    @IndyCovaHart @Robocok @biscuitsbrah

    What about doing my strength routine with short breaks though?
    Surely this should help my cardio stay decent, right?
     
  8. vision1 Purple Belt

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    What are you doing to rehab your hamstring? That should be your number 1 priority.
     
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    I don't know what i'm supposed to do really.

    The pain is minimal and funny enough, i rarely notice it when the hamstrings are used or stretched, but when i sit or lay down, the slight pain starts to pulsate.

    Should probably educate myself on what i should do from here in that regard, if i need to rehabilitate it at all. It's not like it's torn or something, after all.
     
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    I know you said you're broke, so that might limit your options, but if at all possible see a doctor or at least a physiotherapist. And follow their advice regarding training and rehab to the letter. Attempting to rehab or train around an injury like this without professional guidance is a good way to make things worse.
     
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    What KT said.
    See a specialist if you can afford it or if it's covered with benefits. Physio or massage would probably be helpful. Do some thorough research, maybe you can get a handle on the injury yourself with the help of Google.

    Don't worry too much about strength or conditioning for now, get healthy and then progress back to it.
     
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    It definitely sounds like upper body circuit training is what you are going to have to settle for.

    A heart rate monitor will help.

    If you can walk or run on it at all then I wouldn’t worry too much about your hamstrings being recruited as secondary or tertiary muscle groups in other exercises.
     
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    Sounds atypical for a hamstring injury.

    When and how did you injure it? Does it hurt if you grab the area/muscle?
     
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    Definitely hamstring and not sciatic nerve?
     
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    Both of these.
     
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    Unfortunately i don't know and never really noticed (now looking back) that it was hurt all of a sudden.

    What i do know however, is that i had it and still ran a marathon with it (i know, not the smartest move, but the marathon was worth it for me, lol).

    I can stretch the muscle without pain, and i can grab it without it hurting at all.

    It's just afterwards when not doing sorts that it starts to pulsate ans sting slightly.
    Frankly, the pain isn't bad, but obviously my body tells me something isn't right.

    The more i think about it, the more a problem with a nerve makes sense i guess.
    Isn't rhe sciatic nerve the one some people notice when touching their toes with straight knees?
    Because that's something where i was always limited by a very strange kind of "pain" before i felt my muscles not being stretchable anymore.
     
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    Have you got experience with sciatic nerve injuries, inflammations or whatever that might be?
     
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    Yeah dawg, sounds like mild sciatica to me if it's on and off wierdly for a while and you not sure of the cause , any aches or sharp nervy pain with your back, glutes or soles of your feet?
    IF it is then cycling and stretches and squats will help loads ! Its the one area I know about having seen a bunch of doctors and physios about my own issues after fucking my back pretty major... Try a pidgeon stretch and if it feels really wierd but also kind of nice and relieving on the pain.

    EDIT: But yeah obviously you'll need to find out certainly from a professional.
     
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    I wouldn't let anyone diagnose you over the internet. You explaining that it doesn't hurt that much and isn't debilitating, that's a good sign. I would visit a physical therapist or an orthopeadic doctor and let them figure out A) what's bothering you and B) how to best deal with it.

    In regards to exercising, you mentioned walking and running only bothers you after the fact. What about strength training? Are you doing any lower body or full body work?
     
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