If you missed yesterday’s post I highly recommend you read it now (click here).
Now, what about when you’re dealing with an injury? Should you work out or take time off?
Well, the short answer is…if there are things you can still do without aggravating the injury then, YES!, you should definitely still work out.
For example, if you sprained your ankle and are limited on lower body movements you still have an upper body and core…and a number of lower body exercises that you can still do.
If you’re healing from a rotator cuff surgery, you still have a ton of lower body exercises that you can do.
You get the idea.
Basically, there are other parts of your body that you can work, and, with a good coach, you can modify just about any workout to fit your current needs.
Taking time off from your workouts because you’re “limited” in what you can do is just plain stupid. Sorry, but it is.
Just like I talked about yesterday, when you take too much time off you begin to lose all your gains and your health goes backwards. Health & fitness isn’t stagnant; you’re either getting better or worse.
Oh, and for those who need an ego check…
Just because you can’t be a hero in your workouts right now doesn’t mean you should just stop working out. I see this all-to-often actually. People can’t get out of their heads. If they can’t do it all, they do nothing. How’s that working out for you?
By the way, I want to give a virtual high-five to all my clients who do show up and do what they can when they’re dealing with injuries (not from our workouts mind you ;-b) or various limitations they have. You’re the real heroes, my friends! 🙂
So, if you’re skipping your workouts because you don’t think you can get a good one in with your current injury or limitation, get your butt in the gym. If you don’t know what to do to be safe and effective then hire a good coach. I know a few. 😉
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!