How You Can Exercise While Injured
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Imagine going to the gym on crutches and hobbling up to a machine. You’re going to get some looks, but if you know what you’re doing then who cares what people do. But, you must be careful and do your research before you drive to your favorite gym or facility, ready to push yourself.
If you’re mentally prepared to do the work you’re able to and to avoid doing the work you might be tempted to, then you’re in a good place. Giving yourself a chance of letting your injury rest while still getting to expend some of that pent up energy is the goal. Keep reading for some general guidelines about working out while injured.
Knee and Leg Injuries
Get your headspace ready for a lot of upper body work. Spending more time on your arms will help you feel like you’re still working hard, and will also boost the endorphins you get from hitting the gym. Though a lot of exercises will likely be off the table for a while, you do still have some options.
Swimming is a good way to get moving, while keeping your leg or knee in relative safety. Just be careful. Buy or borrow a leg buoy that helps your legs float while you push through the water with your arms. Holding the buoy will help remind you not to kick your legs, too.
Thankfully, there are still a lot of cardio options that you can try with a shoulder injury. Now is the time to try walking, running, or even swimming (if you’re willing to use a kickboard, that is). If you’re still itching to pump some iron or build some muscle, look into leg press and wall sits to feel the burn.
First and foremost, take care of yourself and listen to your body. The last thing you want to do is further injure yourself or create a new injury through a new movement or exercise. If you have any questions about exercising with your injury, call us at (508) 363-6363 to schedule a consultation.