How to Work out when You Have an Injury ...

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Having an injury sucks, especially when you’re someone who’s a little addicted to working out.

It can be so discouraging, and perhaps even depressing, knowing that you can’t work out, even though it’s something you love to do.

Whether you currently have an injury or you’ve dealt with one in the past, these steps will inform you about what to do when you’re dealing with an injury but still want to exercise!

1. Talk to Your Doctor

Talk to Your Doctor

First and foremost, talk to your doctor about what you should and shouldn’t be doing when you exercise.

Your doctor knows better than anyone what your body can and can’t handle while you’re recovering from your injury.

Even though you know what feels right and what feels wrong, you could be doing an exercise that feels okay but is doing long-term damage to your body.

Your doctor knows what may be hurting you underneath the surface!

2. Rule out Any and All Possibilities

Rule out Any and All Possibilities

I know someone who absolutely loves running.

After she injured her knee, she was told not to run but most other forms of exercise were okay.

The doctors thought it was probably something that she would have to live with.

Months later, a new X-ray discovered a horrible fracture behind her knee that no other X-ray had picked up on in the months before, and the exercising she had been doing was hurting it even more without her realizing it.

Make sure you’ve ruled out any and all injury possibilities if your doctors can’t pinpoint exactly what is wrong with you!

3. Avoid the Area if That’s What the Doctor Advises

Avoid the Area if That’s What the Doctor Advises

If it’s something small, a doctor may encourage you to stretch the muscle out of something similar.

However, usually your doctor will advise you to avoid the area.

It can be easy to blow off the doctor’s advice if you’re not in a lot of pain, but don’t do it.

Even if the injury’s pain is manageable, don’t let yourself strain it even more.2

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