Being bedbound for weeks on end can be frustrating, especially if you exercise daily or even weekly.
Although I know you’re itching to get back into it, hold on for a minute! Injuries are no joke! They are your body’s way of telling you something is off and not right, so don’t go running a marathon just yet.
Regardless of whether you pulled, torn, sprained, or broke a body part, going back to exercising is a gradual process and must be done slowly and carefully.
1. Take it easy
It’s understandable if you want to go back to your activities after being on bed rest for the past week, but not so fast! If you get back to the gym and exert your energy, or you’re feeling up to running a mile, you are making yourself weaker and risking another injury.
Add to the fact that your body has been out of exercise for some time and could be weaker. So, take it slow, and take breaks as needed.
If you feel any pain…
2. Remember, pain is pain
Some people may live up to the term “no pain, no gain.” When it comes to injury, this could not be further away from the truth.
Pain is a way for your body to tell you that you’ve gone too far and you need to stop.
Rest is an essential part of recovery, and you need a ton of it if you want to re-introduce exercise. So, give your body time to recover so that you can return to it safely.
3. Wear protective gears
Protective gears such as a brace or compression sleeve can protect and provide support to your injured area. The Koprez compression sleeve can also expedite your healing process through the use of its compression technology.
Always protect and support your injured area when trying to get back to your daily activities to prevent re-injuries.
4. Branch out
Doing different activities to train other parts of the body is key. It helps exercise the rest of the body while your injured area regains its strength.
For example, if you hurt your knees while running, consider taking up a low-impact activity, such as swimming, to your routine. Or, if you hurt your wrist on a match-point shot in a tennis game, hiking might get your body moving while your wrist recover.
5. Speak to your doctor about ice and heat therapy
Ice and heat therapy are popular methods to treat a lot of muscle and joints injuries. Ice therapy help reduces swelling, while heat therapy warms muscle and increases blood flow. Before you begin your ice or heat therapy, talk to your physician to make sure these therapies are appropriate for your injury and prevent re-injuries.
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