Modified exercises for those with injuries

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — We all hear it often and always — exercising is important. But if you have aches and pains or ongoing injuries — you can still get in the exercise you need. You just have to do things a little differently.

Fitness and nutrition expert, Lisa Lynn, joined us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut to share some modified exercises anyone can do if they have injuries, or would like to prevent themselves from further injury.

Lynn said that first and foremost, that shoveling snow isn’t enough exercise. Getting up off the couch is what people really need to burn calories and get their joints moving. She mentions how people are using the snow as an excuse to not get up and get moving, adding that in the time spent not going to the gym or not exercising, overeating often takes place instead.

Lynn talks about the many benefits of doing metabolic exercises. She says they should be performed 3 days a week, with one day in between for rest and muscle recovery. This is the “re-shaping/metabolic boosting” part of your workout. You can add cardiovascular activity every day for maximum fat loss. Lynn says being overweight requires a special type of workouts and time required for results.

Lynn says that metabolic workouts can also turbo charge your metabolism, so you see results the first week and begin losing up to 1 pound a day. These workouts are different because not only do they reshape your body, but the also make losing weight easier. These workouts won’t hurt your body so you are able to stay on track for the rest of your life, instead of just one month of hard training, for example.

Lynn then began to demonstrate the modified exercises for those who may have injuries, and you can do them in a chair!

The first: Modified Deep “Chair” Squats to Dumbbell Front Raise

The second: Seated Arm Curl.

The third: Seated Tricep Slam backs

Click on the video above to watch her and News 8 anchor Brian Spyros demonstrate these fun, easy exercises.

For more information, please visit Lisa Lynn’s website at

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