Has an injury set you back from training? Unless you’ve been advised by a physician or physical therapist not to exercise, you likely have options. It’s normal to shy away from working out when you’re not feeling one hundred percent physically.
Contrary to what might seem immediately logical, working out can help to rehabilitate strains and aches. The trick is to have the correct support and protective measures.
The Precursors to Working Out with Injury
Proper form is necessary to ensure no worsening of existing, or provocation of additional injury. Making sure to stay adequately hydrated, and absorb appropriate nutrition will allow you the best possible platform to begin. Add anti-inflammatory spices or foods to your diet to reduce inflammation. If possible, pick up some muscle and joint support supplements.
Levels of Injury
Note that there are different levels of injury, being acute, sub-acute, and chronic. Acute, or damages that occur rapidly, such as a thrown back or broken arm, require particular attention. Subacute is an injury that builds up over time. A simple routine of light exercise may help. Chronic injury or symptoms that last for longer than six weeks also require a precise strategy for protecting the injury and enabling recovery.
Consult with a physician to determine best practice, but be aware of these workouts to do in place of letting your injury get in the way.