Fit Tip: Overcome Injuries
Monday Morning Fit Tip:
Injury prevention is ideal. But what should you do when you get hurt? Should you stop working out? When is it safe to start again? If it doesn’t feel severe enough to see a Doctor, try these tips to overcome the injury.
What’s Causing the Pain? Target the reason for injury to try and avoid it happening again. Is lack of motion causing the pain? If the area is stiff and tense, move gently and increase range of motion slowly. Once feeling better, concentrate on stretching exercises at the end of your workouts while the muscles are warm to increase flexibility. Maybe an improper movement is causing the injury. Have a trainer check your form during exercises that train the injured area.
Ice It When applying ice to the injured area, use a thin layer of fabric to separate the two. You want the ice to feel cold, but need to remove it if the skin feels numb. A general rule of thummb is 20 minutes on the skin, 20 minutes off.