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101 Things You Can Do While Non Weight Bearing (NWB)


Enjoy Your Recovery.

Here Are Things You Can Do While Recovering Non Weight Bearing (NWB) 

Some can be done on crutches, others need a better alternative

1. Laugh…I’m sure there is a funny story somewhere about how you injured
yourself or something you said in the OR while under anesthesia.

Cover My Cast2. Decorate your cast or throw a cast signing party.

3. Scrapbook or organize your photos, writing the names of people and the date on
the backs of the photos. Maybe even digitize them.

4. Join an online community.

5. Rent the entire series of your favorite childhood TV show and watch it all.

6. Write (old fashioned-hand written) letters to friends and family.

7. Take pictures of the mundane day to day things you do making them look like
they are amazingly fun things and post them on Facebook or Pinterest, making everyone
jealous that they have to go to work and you get to stay at home.

8. Play cards, checkers, board games, jigsaw puzzles, sudoko, etc.

9. Stay up as late as you want, sleep in as long as you can, and nap whenever you

IWalkFree10. Exercise your non-broken muscles and try to NOT gain weight.

11. Ask friends what their favorite book is, read them and then discuss with them.

12. Learn a new language or make up your own.

13. Google Food Network and find new recipes to try and then put your favorites into
a box or a book and share with others.

14. Learn how to use Skype to video conference with friends and family for free.

15. Watch old movies from the 80’s and laugh at the style changes.

16. Read the Bible and memorize scriptures.

17. Call friends you haven’t spoken to for some time.

18. Annoy your spouse with, “Today on Dr. Oz…”

19. Review your phone and cable companies to see if you have their best rate and
threaten to cancel services.

20. Entertain a dog or cat (and yourself) with a laser pointer.

Roll-a-bout21. Paint your toenails…even if you’re a guy, you’ll give them something else to
stare at.

22. Read Knitting for Dummies and learn how to knit.

23. Go fishing.

24. Write a “bucket list”.

25. Get a head start on birthday cards for the year…or a Christmas letter. You never
have enough time during the holidays. If you send it early (even 10 months early)
people will sure to be impressed.

26. Learn how to play the piano or guitar…I’m sure there is an APP for that!

27. Watch your favorite movies or movies you’ve always heard about but never seen

Hands Free Crutch28. Remind your spouse about the “for better or worse, in sickness and in health”

29. Go to the Secretary of State for a Handicap Sign for your car…haven’t you
always wanted one of those? Especially in cold weather!

30. Go through all your important papers and shred the ones you don’t need anymore
and file those you do need.

31. Take online surveys, or sign up to get paid to critique web sites.

32. Plan a trip for when you recover.

33. Enjoy the special attention you get from family and friends the first week…after
that, they might not be so quick to respond to your pleas!

34. Wii

35. Journal or blog.

Seated Scooter36. Fill in a family tree/genealogy.

37. Read up on a topic you’ve always wanted to know more about or take an online

38. Sign up for Facebook and become our friend.

39. Color…when was the last time you did that? And it’s a great stress reliever.

40. Visit friends/family that are retired or are at home during the day.

41. Learn to Juggle.

42. Perfect your paper airplane making skills.

43. Read up on local, world, and bizarre news.

44. Go to the movie theater in the middle of they day and enjoy a “private” showing.

I WALK FREE Hands Free Crutch45. Write a letter to the editor about something you are passionate about.

46. Pray for yourself and others.

47. Watch Days Of Our Lives…the irony is that soaps can make time stand still with one story line while others skip years in a matter of months…hopefully when you watch it won’t be a stand still plot.

48. Decorate your scooter or hands free crutch to match your personality and then
send us a picture!

49. Set up your online banking feature…a convenience now and a time saver later.

50. Go outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy the “forced” slow down in life.


Help us make this list, add your ideas in the comments:

101 Things you Can Do While Recovering

You are more creative and if you're recovering from surgery or injury probably have the advantage of time and pain killers.


Loved your list, but this is the one that really made a broken heel, pretty awesome
Posted @ Friday, October 12, 2012 1:42 AM by joe
Go to a store and use one of the shopping cart wheelchairs
Posted @ Friday, October 26, 2012 9:50 PM by Claire
Thank you so much! I am into my 3rd week of my 8 week bid. I actually colored today, it was so soothing.On the first week I actually crocheted covers for my crutches. Jealous of you guys with hands free crutches!!!
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 11:30 PM by dasha cole
I'm 3 days into being 8 weeks NWB. I crocheted a 'toe cozy' since my toes were freezing cold!
Posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 6:56 PM by ruth
Ruth, What a great and functional thing to start with. I'm adding knitting and crocheting to my list of things to learn to do while recovering. Hope your next recovery is fast and full and that in 8 weeks winter will be over and none of us have freezing cold toes.
Posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:02 PM by Tom
Posted @ Saturday, April 06, 2013 2:38 PM by ARILEL
Arilel - sorry you didn't like the site or find it helpful. Recovery can be a tough and frustrating time. Hopefully you were able to find something that improved your outlook.
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 4:02 PM by Tom
You could create a Youtube account and post videos! Just an idea; this is my second time on crutches in one year for a fracture and a rupture
Posted @ Sunday, April 14, 2013 3:29 PM by Ariel
I am getting ready to have surgery on my toe for arthritis and will be non weight bearing for 6 weeks or more, and I found your ideas encouraging and up beat thank you for sharing them =)
Posted @ Sunday, April 28, 2013 7:55 PM by Tracy
I have spent most of the past two years NWB (my junior and senior years of high school) and I still have about a year before I will be weight bearing. Thank you for posting things like this even reading the list gives you things to do when it feels like all you do is sit around waiting to get better while life moves on around you.
Posted @ Monday, May 27, 2013 12:23 AM by Heather
I am on crutches for 9 weeks at least and I have found that playing catch with my dog while I am sitting is very relaxing. Also you can go to a fun store like micheals(the art and crafts store)and finding something fun to do like scrap booking supplies or painting a bird house is very fun!
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 7:22 PM by Alex
Get volleyball knee pads to wear when you have to crawl short distances in the house. It will save your knees. After 2nd week the novelty has worn off and you don't get as much help. 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:56 AM by TJP
I am on crutches and let me tell you they are not fun! but one thing you could do is abs work like crunches and sit ups so that when you get off crutches at least you accomplished something... you have great abs!!!!
Posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 4:41 PM by Chrisanne
Loved this site, I broke my fibula 8 weeks ago, having a screw removed next week then another 4 weeks NWB. The boredom is really setting in now, so your list gave me loads of ideas, thanks, hope everyone on here is healing well. X
Posted @ Saturday, August 03, 2013 7:00 PM by Jesse
I am 14 and had surgery about 3 weeks ago for my foot which I broke on valentines day about 9 months ago and I will never be able to play sports again but I should be able to walk in about a year and this site has helped with ideas since I have to give up on all the sports that I loved spool much
Posted @ Monday, November 04, 2013 7:04 PM by marissa
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