Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a weekly gym goer or a pro sportsman you’ll almost certainly have experienced an injury at some point. You remember how you first felt; the initial pain rapidly making way for an even darker cloud….
The realisation that you might not be able to continue doing the exercise that you love, that you’ll lose your strength, lose your fitness and worse still lose your motivation. All the things you’ve been working so hard for these past weeks, months, years in some cases. Cue the potentially vicious circle;
Assuming you can’t exercise can be a slippery slope of negativity. Losing that hard-earned fitness can end up meaning you’re even more susceptible to injury when you do eventually get back in the ‘game’.
But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, you always have options. The key to staying positive and getting back on track is thinking about what you CAN do not what you CAN’T.
Leg injury? Do some upper body work; Arm injury? Do some lower body work; Arm AND leg injury? Do some core work. The list goes on. There are always alternatives and trust me I’ve tried most.
Being injured in one area gives you chance to dedicate some time to areas that otherwise you might have neglected. Resistance work can be done with light weights and a higher rep range to develop endurance in the smaller supporting muscles around joints. Isolation moves can be used to maintain mass, tone and definition.
One thing’s for sure having access to a wide range of equipment really comes in handy when you’re injured. You can use various machines that support your lower back for example and ensure safe lifting. The swimming pool has been a saviour for me on occasions when any impact activities were out of the question.
The main thing is to keep active, keep that blood pumping. Very few injuries will heal better with rest alone. Your blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to all areas of the body aiding recovery.
Don’t just sit there, do something!