Injuries, Training and Mindset!

We have all been injured or are injured and as much as we may try to avoid getting hurt or injuring ourselves its life & we have all been there and/or are still here LOL!

While it’s important to give our body the chance to properly heal, with a little planning, common sense and some help from us & other health professionals, it’s possible.

And trust us, it is far healthier to keep up with an exercise routine than to stop altogether.

Yes we need to protect the injured area, the rest of our body should keep moving as much as we can and not just because its healthy for us physically but we all know the benefits for our mindset with moving our bodies.

Look, don’t take this the wrong way, it is important to listen to our bodies but there have been many times when people have thought they have had an injury but really it’s just that they have been sore from just using different muscles and doing a different exercise.

It is okay to experience some pain after exercise and that is to be expected, especially when we are first getting started and this is called;

DOMS = delayed onset muscle soreness

>This is what comes a day or two after working out sometimes. Like we said this could cause us to think we have an injury but this is usually how our body responds to a new kind of exercise or workout. When DOMS sets in sometimes a day’s rest, a couple of anti inflamms and a hot bath are things that can help and trust us we have all been there!

There are some rules around exercise with an injury.  So when we do have a true injury what advice do we give?

  • Diagnosis – with an injury promptly & properly being diagnosed and treated is key.
  • Then from here this allows us to find a routine that promotes healing but doesn’t risk making the injury worse. We do know that there are some injuries that may call for a break from activity altogether but this would be a the very worst case scenario.
  • With an injury there are ways that we can recommend that we can swap the exercises we currently do for new ones & continue with our routine in a modified way. To have a resistance programme can totally help us stay strong while we are dealing with an injury.

Our team of Personal Trainers can help you modify, create workouts around and support you through your injuries.

We can’t encourage enough that keeping active is so good for our mindset!

Most of us have had a knee injury and yes I have too.  So I was advised to avoid high impact cardio but I could spin lightly and my programme was modified so that I could still work on my upper body.

This was not only good for my recovery but it was so good for my mind! Because as we know being super active then all of a sudden doing nothing could have caused more damage to the rest of my body but more so my mind!

So in reverse – if we have an upper-body injury, such as shoulder or elbow, we can look to concentrate on the lower body to keep it working.

While none of us want injuries it definitely should remind us of the following:

  • Flexiblity & Balance are important.  Tight muscles cause imbalances that can lead to injuries.
  • Strengthen the whole body – It is important that we incorporate resistant work into our weekly exercise plan.  Working the body as a whole and all the muscles groups reduces imbalances that cause others to over compensate.
  • Overtraining – We all get tired haha, yes, even the best of us.  When our body is tried our muscles can’t support & protect our ligaments & tendons. So rest & recovery is important!

Remember………

Obstacles don’t have to stop you.

If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.

  • Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.

But do not STOP!

Moo xx

 

 

 

Article by Jessica McDonald

Hi, I am Jess, Gym member, staff member, and customer service ninja here at Bodyfix. You might have seen my face behind the desk or around the gym, I’m always up for a hello! I am so excited to be a part of the Bodyfix family. I love connecting with people and helping them look and feel their best.

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