When everything goes to plan, you head to the gym and complete your session without any fuss. It is an amazing feeling, and it is an amazing feeling because it doesn’t happen often. During your life, you will probably only every workout without an injury a handful of times. You will almost certainly never workout and feel one-hundred percent fit. The question is: ‘should this stop you from training?’ The answer is no because you can train with an injury if you take the proper precautions. If you don’t know where to start, carry on reading.
Lower Your Workload
A lot of injuries occur because of wear and tear. That is to say that you put your body under too much stress. After a while, the stress builds up and something snaps. When you have an injury, therefore, you don’t want to workout out for hours at a time. If you do, you increase the chances of something going wrong. Instead, you want to do short, sharp bursts of exercise. It might not feel like much, but it will maintain your current fitness. After the injury dissipates, you can increase the workload.
And The Intensity
It is possible to suffer from an injury because you are working out too hard. Again, the intensity of your regime will put unnecessary pressure on your joints and muscles. In time, that pressure will explode, and you will be on the receiving end. As a result, you want to take it easy when you have an injury. Anything that is overly aggressive needs to go on the backburner. What you need is to participate in some low-intensity exercise like walking or jogging. These exercises will keep you ticking over until you are fully fit.
You might not feel good even when you implement both of the above. That is because there is only so much you can do with regards to the intensity and length of your workouts. If the injury is a bit tender, you will still feel it regardless. The obvious answer is to stop and rest. However, these are the type of chronic injuries that never dissipate. To allow you to workout, you need to strap the injury with a support device. People that suffer from knee injuries, for instance, tend to use a compression sleeve for knee support. The sleeve takes the pressure off the joint and makes the injury less painful.
What you want to do is get rid of the injury for good. To do that, you can’t just rest and wait for the best. Instead, you have to strengthen the area. Only when it gets stronger can you start to perform at your maximum again. With that in mind, look for exercises that will strengthen the problem. There are lots depending on your ailment, which is why a quick Google search will suffice. Just make sure that the exercise works and is effective or else it is pointless.
When you have an injury, you need to be careful. However, you do need to carry on training in some form to recover fully.