Monday 7 March 2022

Working out after an injury


Source - CC0 Licence

For most of us, if we want to get back to a healthier lifestyle, we find that we need to get back into the swing of working out. But the fact is that there are things that get in the way of an effective workout. Getting back into any fitness routine after an injury can be a very difficult process. You might be ready to dive in but your body might be telling you to slow down. So depending on your injury, there are a number of steps that you can take to make sure that you are recovering appropriately and working out safely. 

See a Specialist

It's always a good idea to visit your doctor or undertake specialist physio services to make sure that you can make a full physical recovery. It's never a good idea to self-diagnose injuries. Many injuries have similar symptoms, which is why it's always a good idea to get a professional opinion. It's important to start small at the very beginning, which can be frustrating, but any type of exercise that you can do safely without compromising your health is far better than nothing. 

Ease Into It

Easing back into your exercise routine requires caution. If you haven't been very active recently, your body may not be ready for it. It's not a good idea to think that you can jump back into what you used to do. Ease your body back in with some gentle movement. Depending on the injury itself and what you can physically tolerate, you can aim to increase the intensity of your workouts a tiny bit every time. You also need to avoid exerting all your energy. If you do this at the very outset, it's only going to make you weaker and it will elongate your recovery time. Your body needs rest to rebuild after any injury. 

Listen to Your Body

If you feel pain, your body is telling you there's something wrong. This is why many people opt for pain medication when they exercise. But the fact is that if you use any medication you're not letting your body give you the full signal. If you ever feel extreme pain, stop and rest. You may need to lower the intensity of the workout or you may need to give your body more time for recovery. Just because you were able to recover after 48 hours a few years ago doesn't mean you can now. Recovery is far more important because it means you will always be stronger. 

Focus on Active Recovery

After an injury, active recovery can help you to heal faster. Active recovery can take a number of different forms, for example, gentle exercise, adequate nutrition and hydration, as well as massage. 

Be Patient

You might be really frustrated that you're not able to get back into the way you used to work out. And while you may feel down because of the injury, the fact is that you have to acknowledge the problem and work around this. Be patient and make sure you set realistic goals.


No comments

Post a Comment

© Sleek For Yourself! | All rights reserved.
Blog Layout Created by pipdig