Exercises That Don't Use the Achilles Tendon

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The Achilles tendon is one of the strongest tendons in the body. Find out about exercises that don't use the Achilles tendon with help from a Jazzercise instructor for 22 years in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristen Rzasa, Owner of InterPlay Health and Host on FTNS, World's First Fitness Radio. Today, I'm here at the Jazzercise Fitness Center in Stanford, Connecticut to talk about exercises that don't use the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is one of the strongest tendons in the body. Anytime you're standing or putting weight on your foot, you're using your Achilles tendon. The resistance ball is going to be your best friend to get exercise without using the Achilles tendon. However, if you have an injury to your Achilles tendon, make sure you see your doctor first before you proceed with any exercises. First, we're going to work the core and the lower back using the resistance ball. Lie on the ball, your stomach on the ball, move it down to about the area of the pelvis. Put your hands on the floor, then slowly lower the feet to the floor and raise them up again. This should work the gluts, but not the Achilles tendon. While you have your resistance ball, let's do some push ups. You can move the ball down further to your quads. Place your hands wide apart and slowly lower your body down in a regular push up position. Then, press the body weight back up to the beginning spot. The last exercise is going to be down on your mat. These are reverse flutter kicks. You're going to lie down on your stomach, face down on the mat. Then, slowly alternate lifting your legs, contracting your glut muscles as if you're swimming in the pool. Repeat this motion in 30 seconds interval. Those are a few exercises that you can do that don't use your Achilles tendon. I'm Kristen Rzasa here at the Jazzercise Fitness Center in Stanford, Connecticut.

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