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Fit Tip: Overcome Injuries

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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.

Take it Slow  When your inury feels healed enough to start working out again, start slowly.  Use light weights or a shorter workout time.  The next day, check in with your body.  If you’re really sore, stick with an easy workout for another week or so.  When you’re feeling great, then gradually continue to increase the weight/time/intensity until you’re back to where you started.

Kathie Brown

Certified NASM and AFAA Personal Trainer. Over 20 years experience. Specializes in weight loss, athletes and women body building and leaning out. Crossfit athlete, trains and competes in Crossfit competitions. Took the L1 Crossfit course and completed the judges course. Enjoys working with all levels and body types and loves seeing her clients get stronger and feel confident.

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