Have you had an injury or are you suffering from chronic pain? Any kind of pain, no matter where it comes from, can limit your abilities all around but especially when it comes to keeping a regular fitness regime. If you or someone you know fits this category, then please keep reading today`s guest post by Anita!
Trying to maintain some type of fitness after a serious injury can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from bouts of pain and fatigue. However, pushing yourself beyond a normal capacity can create further injury. The following tips are sure to get you back on your feet and feeling good again.
The fear of gaining weight is normal after a serious injury. If you were used to a great deal of activity and now have restrictions, you may see the scale creeping upward. However, in order to speed up your recovery and promote healing, you’re going to need to follow a healthy diet. While you may want to limit your food intake, smaller meals, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and drinking plenty of water can help you maintain your weight and get back into shape faster.
Whether you were training for a marathon or trying to reach your own personal fitness goals, an injury can sidetrack you from your workout. KT tape provides hours of relief and sustains humidity, sweat and exercise exertion. Whether you have knee pain, lower back discomfort, an ankle strain or carpal tunnel syndrome, KT tape works to provide support and relief to your serious injury. The use of the tape also allows you to get back into your workout slowly and pain-free.
Dependent on the type of serious injury you may have sustained, you want to slowly get back into a normal workout routine. While logging in long miles on the treadmill may help you get back in shape, this type of aggressive behavior could put you out of commission permanently. To ensure longevity in getting back in the groove, you want to practice safety by choosing exercises that can strengthen your body. Low impact aerobics such as swimming, biking, walking and casual hiking can help you ease back into your exercise regimen.
While you may not be able to work out for long periods of time like you used to after getting hurt, being consistent in your efforts is far more favorable to your recovery. You can strive for 2 to 3 days a week at the beginning and work your way upward. This keeps the muscles in your legs and body conditioned and flexible.
With any type of injury, proper stretching before and after workouts is one of the most important things you can do. Taking time to stretch all areas of your body will help prevent further injury and increase your range of motion. It will increase your blood flow and help with soreness as well.
If you have problems staying on task, you may want to find a workout buddy or group of friends who can help keep you motivated. This form of camaraderie can also prove beneficial when you’re starting to feel better and want to kick your workouts up a notch.
About the Author
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about health, family, home and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.
I recently learned from a personal trainer that when you workout with an injury, it`s important to find different exercises (that don`t cause pain) which work the same muscles. Do you know anything about how to workout with an injury or chronic pain?