Should you work out when you’re dealing with an injury? Or should you take time off?
This is a topic we get asked about quite a lot.
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.
I rolled my ankle a while back going down a flight of stairs. My mind immediately went to how the injury would interrupt the progress I was making on my leg workouts. It was all gloom and doom until I realized that I didn’t have to use this excuse to ruin my progress. Instead of striving for the perfect leg workouts or quitting leg workouts completely due to the injury, I adapted. You can modify any program to meet you where you are. It’s okay to step back a bit and then rebuild your way back up to where you were and then where you want to be. Episode 19 of The Transformation Show can help you learn how to balance rather than using the all or nothing mindset.
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” is nothing more than a limiting belief.
When you take too much time off, you begin to lose all your gains and your health goes backward. Health & fitness isn’t stagnant; you’re either getting better or worse.
For those who get a little uptight about not being able to work out the way you normally do… Relax yourself!
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.
However, on another note, if you’ve injured yourself due to overtraining, it might be beneficial to switch up your routine for a bit. Check out our blog post on when it’s beneficial to take a break and examples of how to still move your body during that time.
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, hire a good coach to help you. I know a few.
Interested in learning more about limiting beliefs and how to identify them? Listen to episode 40 of the Transformation Show as we’ll walk you through some common limiting beliefs and how they can hold you back from transforming your life. If you haven’t listened to episodes 38 and 39, you’ll want to refer back to these.
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!