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EXERCISE FOR THE INJURED

Friday, 02 December 2016

Oh, don't you just hate it?  I mean people like you and...like me, who hate it when an injury or surgery gets in the way of our daily exercise routines.  I read E-mails all the time from people who may have suffered a knee or foot injury, or just undergone an operation and have to lay off the exercise for a while.  It drives them crazy and I do understand.  Especially if you're an active person who simply doesn't like to slow down or take breaks from your daily fitness routine.  But depending on where the pain problem is, there are ways to workout...around the pain.  The solution is simple.  You have to substitute an exercise that won't cause more pain to the affected area.  Here are a few suggestions.

If you have a knee, foot or leg injury, you'll to have to lay off the cardio/aerobic exercise for a while.
 
If you have a knee, foot or leg injury, chances are you're going to have to lay off the cardio/aerobic exercise for a while.  Until you're better, why not try upper-body strength-training, core work on your tummy area, swimming or if you can manage it without pain, riding a stationary bike.
 
Got a pain in your hips?  Ouch!  One of the worse.  Give your hips a rest and time to heal by focusing on upper-body strength-training and core work for this one, too.
 
Pain in the neck, shoulder or have you recently had an arm injury?  You should consider walking, riding a stationary bike or lower-body strength training.
 
Then there's the pain that affects millions of Americans, back pain.  Hard to work out when the back hurts, right?  In this case, walking, swimming, yoga or other stretches help loosen hamstrings, hip flexors, and glutes.  All of these exercises will help keep you in shape while not putting more stress on that back of yours.
 
You don't have to become a complete couch-potato, waiting for the pain of an injury to get better.
 
 
If you have an injury or ailment, do talk to your doctor before following any of these suggestions.  It's always best to be on the safe side when it comes time to recover from an illness or pain.  But in the meantime, if you're a person who looks forward to your exercise time, you don't have to become a complete couch-potato while waiting for the pain of an injury to get better.  Just don't risk making the situation worse by pushing too hard.  Even with your doctor's okay, if you start to feel pain while working out, STOP.  Give your body time to help you...feel better!
 
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