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Effective Ways of Keeping Fit When You Have an Injury

by - Saturday, February 10, 2018

If you have developed an injury while exercising, then you will know that to keep on exercising that area will only make it worse. The best course of action is to rest it for a few days at least so that it can heal. However, you might not want to stop all exercise at that time, or you might find it hard to get back into it. There are some things you can do if you are carrying an injury, here are some of the best.

Ensure You Can Train

As with most injuries, there will be a period in the beginning when it will hurt and may become swollen. It is important that you discuss exercising with your doctor or physio to make sure that you are able to train. If they suggest a period of rest, then is it advisable that you stick to that to prevent further injury. If you are ok to train, then you should be making sure your joint or muscle is fully supported before you start, even if you are not working that area. There are many supports on the market such as those mentioned on mobilityguardian.com that are good at supporting the injured joint.

Arms or Hands

If you have suffered an injury to your arm or hand, then there are other alternatives for exercise. Walking or running is an option that you can do outside or in the gym, as well as using a step trainer but without using the handles. You can also use the exercise bike, as long as you hold the handles carefully. Other exercises you can do are sit-ups and leg work with weights. If you do a few circuits of these each gym session, then you should be able to keep up with your cardio work.

Legs or Feet

An injury to your legs or feet can be slightly more difficult, but there are still many things you can do. If the injury is only to one leg, then you can try to use the exercise bike using the one good leg, though this might not be as easy as it sounds. You can still use the weights on your upper body as long as you are sitting down while using them. You can also try to do some press-ups from laying on your stomach position without putting too much pressure on your legs.

Back Injuries

Injuries to the back can be painful and debilitating, and you need advice from your doctor before doing any exercise. The best thing to do especially at the beginning is just some gentle stretches to keep the back mobile and prevent it from stiffening up. You may also find some yoga poses that you can go without having to place a strain on your back. It may be possible that swimming will help you as it helps keep your cardio working as well as supporting your back in the water.

By taking things easy and resting when needed, you should soon be back to your old injury free self.

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