Workouts That Will Keep Your Fit, Even When You’re Fighting An InjuryBy The DivaGals | December 20, 2016 | Get Fit
Hey Divas! You’re probably planning some major workouts come 2017! Your new grueling schedule could lead to some injuries. While many people think that when they have sustained an injury, they should rest until they’re fully healed, so as not to make anything worse — this is the case in some situations — sometimes you can continue to exercise with low impact choices to keep fit and help you to heal faster. Depending on the type of injury, it’s possible to isolate the injured part of your body but continue to exercise the rest. Try these programs on for size when you need to downgrade your intense routines.
Yoga. Yoga allows you to stretch and strengthen the body without putting major stress on certain joints, as long as you avoid any moves that put pressure on an injured limb, and continue to workout the rest of your body. Those suffering from back complaints can use basic yoga moves to strengthen the core and open up the hips and groin area, which may alleviate some pain.
Rowing Machine. This seated appartus is great for working your legs, arms, and core muscles. It’s an excellent high intensity, low impact workout. If you have the room, you could even splurge and get one for your home! Check out Best Rowing Machine reviews for choices and selections.
Swimming. Possibly the best all-over exercise in existence, it’s not surprising swimming is so popular. It’s especially great if you’re recovering from an injury, as there is virtually no impact, and the water supports the weight of your body.
Elliptical. If you’ve got an existing injury, ditch the treadmill and head straight for the elliptical. A treadmill, while still better than road running, has a certain amount of impact that can’t be avoided, and could cause a lot of discomfort to aching joints. On the other hand, the elliptical creates a much smoother form of resistance that’s gentle on joints and still offers an intense cardio workout.
Cycling.Whether out in nature on in the gym, cycling is brilliant for aerobic exercise and keeping the pressure off your joints. If you want to go all out, you can always try a spin class, but you’re perfectly within your rights to keep it as leisurely as you like.
Pilates. The perfect workout for both cardio and core muscles, Pilates is another stretching and strengthening programs that isolates smaller muscle groups for bigger impact. If you need to lessen your weights, Pilates may be the way to go. Look for starter programs on YouTube, or take a course with a professional at your favorite gym.
Hiking. Getting out into the fresh air is great for any recovery process as it is, but it’s even better when you really go for it. One word of advice for hiking with an injury, though – if you’ve got any sort of knee problems, try to keep your route fairly flat, as going downhill can put a lot of pressure on your knees.
When you’re recovering from an injury, it’s important to take it easy and not rush back to your full workout routine. When you’re deciding on the workouts you’d like to use during your recovery, it’s important that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice, so that you don’t do more harm than good.