Injuries happen, but they don’t always mean lots of time without a workout. Even if an injury does require a little time off, it’s always best to gradually get back into your old routine, rather than diving in head first and risk re-injuring yourself. Recovery with cross-training will help keep you fit while also lowering the chance of getting hurt again. The type of cross-training you decide to do will depends on the nature of your injury, but here are 4 tips from Team FitNice to make sure you’re properly using recovery with cross-training.
Talk to your doc. First things first, make sure you have your doctor’s permission to start working out again. Include specific exercises in your questions so you’ll know exactly what you can, and what you shouldn’t, do during your recovery period.
Choose carefully. The types of exercises your doctor will OK depend on the specific injury you’ve endured. Be deliberate about the exercises you decide to do when heading back in the gym so you can protect your injured body without sacrificing the quality of your workout. Just because you can stand, bend or flex doesn’t mean you should.
Water. You definitely don’t want to re-injury yourself and non-weight bearing activity is a great way to make sure that doesn’t happen. Running in deep water, wearing a floatation device, is great for runners because it simulates the movement of running without the impact. Those who aren’t runners can also benefit from the low impact, heart pumping workout laps in the pool can give while coming back from an injury. The water provides resistance for arms and legs while also putting a strain on the cardiovascular system.
Listen to your body. If it hurts, stop doing it. There’s a difference between muscle soreness or weakness and an injury. Pay attention to how you feel before, during and after a recovery with cross-training workout and treat your body accordingly.
Take these tips and apply them the next you have an injury. Have questions about recovering from an injury? Ask us!