Working Out While Injured: 4 Things to Know

When you're working out with an injury, the last thing you want to do is hurt yourself and prolong your recovery time. Here are 4 tips to help you work around your injury so that you can keep up with your fitness.

1. VIEW IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY

You may feel depressed because your normal endorphin boosting routine is gone. Although it may be rough, use this as an opportunity to work other muscle groups and improve weak areas.

2. TEST YOUR RANGE OF MOTION

Before you work out, test the full range of motion of the injured area. This will help prevent aggravating your injury and further setting back recovery time.

3. WATCH YOUR FORM

Use the mirrors in the gym to keep an eye on your form. When one leg is recovering from an injury, the other can try to compensate for it. This can cause poor form and, in turn, another injury.

4. HAVE A SUPPORT SYSTEM

Even the most optimistic person can have bad days. That's why you need to have supportive people in your corner to help you work through the challanges. Reach out to your family and friends and tell them your fitness goals as you recover so that they can help you workout safely.

Author
Malcolm Stubbs, MD

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