Injuries, strains, niggles, etc are unfortunately an unavoidable part of anyone’s exercise regime? But when you get an injury, how do you assess whether you should stop you exercise completely or try to carry on?
Tis is a really difficult subject, as obviously each injury and situation is different and therefore should be treated on its own merrit. However I will try to give you all the information you need to make a decision.
In my experience of being a personal trainer, far too many people simply stop exercising and ‘rest’ when they think they have an injury. In truth it’s almost as if feeling a twinge in their knee is exactly the excuse they needed to pull out of a training session.
However 9/10 if you fee a twinge, even if you think it’s joint pain, it will be muscle tightness causing the problem. So some really good stretching, and even better a sports massage therapy session should make it feel a lot better.
The problem is, that if you stop working out every time you feel you have a slight injury you will never reach your fitness goals. You have to learn to work around problems that crop up. For example, if you have a sore knee one day, just concentrate on core and upper body exercises for that session. There is no need to miss your workout altogether.
Today’s Takeaway - Please don’t follow this advice in all situations. You yourself should know if you have incurred a serious injury that needs resting, and if in doubt always consult your physio/doctor.
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