Overcoming Injury

Injuries are never fun. Getting back to exercise after recovering from an injury, as minor as blisters from poor fitting shoes, or as serious a bad knee, can be challenging. Pushing yourself too soon after an injury can make it worse, so be sure to get the green light from your doctor first, if serious. Once you are cleared to get moving again: 

Start slow.  A good guideline is to start at about 50% of your normal level of intensity.

Vary activities. Consider adding low-impact activities such as swimming and walking. 

Listen to your body. Pain is the body’s way of alerting us that something is wrong. 

Learn from your injury to help minimize risk of injuries in the future. Every workout should begin wit warm-up stretches and end with cool-down stretching. A warm-up helps get the body ready for exercise by gradually increasing heart rates and loosening muscles and joints. A cool-down after a work out slowly brings the heart rate back to normal. Stretching before and after the work out will help increase flexibility.

“Turn your setbacks into comebacks.” - Anonymous