7 Tips for Exercising During Injury Recovery

Injury recovery can be a long and discouraging road. That's why you need these 7 tips to help you stay positive and work out without making the injury worse!

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An injury of any kind can be a major set back in your fitness goals and mental health.

But if you enjoy exercising or participating in sports, injuries are a constant risk.

Between 2011 and 2014, more than 8.6 million sports-related injuries were sustained by Americans over the age of five. But an injury doesn't have to mean the end of your love for fitness.

With the right injury recovery plan, you can get back on your feet and doing what you love, pain-free. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have a long recovery ahead of you. But don't let this discourage you!

Instead, check out these seven tips to help you stay positive, healthy, and happy during your recovery!

1. Don't Be Afraid to Seek Help

When you get injured, especially while doing something that you love, it can be tempting to fool yourself into thinking that it's nothing.

But not seeking professional help following an injury is a mistake.

Even if the injury turns out to be minor, you'll need help determining exactly what is injured, and learning what you need to do to help it heal.

If the injury is major, not seeking professional help right away could cause the injury to worsen. It could also cause lasting damage to your body.

Visiting a doctor will at least give you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what is wrong so that you can accept it and begin to move on with your life and your work outs.

2. Build a Injury Recovery Plan

Once you know exactly what is injured, it's time to develop an injury recovery plan.

Having a plan in place for what you'd like to accomplish and when will help make the recovery process more positive. You'll be able to judge your progress and celebrate milestone as you pass them.

For this tip, you may want to consider visiting another professional.

For minor injuries, you could attempt a recover plan on your own. But it will likely be a very slow process.

For major injuries that require surgery, having a solid plan for recovery is even more important. Recovering from an injury like an MCL tear could take six weeks or more to recoverfrom if you have a plan in place and attend physical therapy.

Without a plan in place, it could take even longer.

Instead, visiting a clinic like Resilient Health & Performance gives you access to a range of techniques and methods.

Techniques like Functional Range Conditioning and Dry Needling can be integrated into your recovery plan to help speed your injury recovery, and help you get back to your post-injury level of fitness.

3. Listen to Your Body

Even though having a recovery plan in place is important, listening to your body should always be more important than sticking to that plan.

Everyone's bodies heal differently. Letting a slower injury recovery time get you down isn't going to help speed it any.

Instead, stay positive, and accept any set backs that come your way as being a part of the process.

4. Indulge in Other Hobbies

To keep your mind positive and your body active, take your injury recovery as an opportunity to indulge in other hobbies or activities that you enjoy.

Even if these hobbies are sedentary, like reading, writing, or working with your hands, they are a great way to keep your mind active. They'll help to improve your mood and relax your body, which will go a long way towards helping you during your rehab.

If you other hobbies are active, consult with an expert on whether they are okay to do while you are injured. If they aren't considering ways that you could modify them while you are still recovering, to avoid causing yourself pain or further injury.

An injury can also be an opportunity to try new things. Look for activities that you can do with your injury, and give them a shot. You might just discover a new favorite hobby!

5. Find Ways to Stay Healthy 

Staying healthy and active is important, even when you're injured. But depending on your injury, you may need to find new ways to do so.

Striving to eat healthily is a good start. Not only can it help you to avoid weight gain while injured, but it will also help give you the energy that you'll need while completing your recovery plan.

6. Create a Support System

Between trying to adjust to your injury, completing a recovery program, visiting doctors, and adapting your lifestyle, dealing with an injury can be overwhelming.

Creating a support system of doctors, athletic trainers, friends, family, and gym partners can help.

Having people that you can turn to with questions means less stress of dealing with finding answers on your own. Friends and family can help motivate you or cheer you up when things get tough.

Ask around, and you may be surprised to find people you already know who have dealt with similar injuries. They may be able to share stories of challenges they faced or about their own successful recovery that will help you feel better about your own progress.

7. Make New Goals

If your injury is severe enough, it may mean that you have to abandon an old goal or two. But don't let this discourage you.

Instead, look at it as a chance to make new goals.

Start Your Injury Recovery Today!

If you've been injured, it's important to start your injury recovery right away!

Even if you can't get back on your feet just yet, there are plenty of recovery options that can help to jump start your rehabilitation.

Waiting to start an injury recovery plan will only lengthen the amount of time that it takes you to bounce back after an injury. If you wait too long, you'll begin to lose much of the physical progress that you made prior to your injury, and it will take even longer for you to get back to your post-injury level of fitness.

If you've been injured, contact Resilient Health & Performance today to see how our professionals can help you start your injury recovery process!