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How Do You Handle a Fitness-Related Injury?

Whether you pull a muscle at yoga or sprain an ankle while running, getting injured during a workout is no fun. It's painful and can often lead to a period of downtime. For some, the idea of putting their workout schedule on hold is out of the question. I usually take a few days off, but getting started again can be a struggle after a hiatus. What about you?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'm afraid to lose the momentum, so I try to find something different to do. I don't have a pool or a bike or a gym membership, so if I get a running injury it can be hard to come up with an alternative aerobic activity. Walking (even uphill, if the injury permits) just isn't as satisfying of a workout.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I switch to something that doesn't aggravate the injury. I had some killer tendonitis from running a lot, so I went to the elliptical for a while while it got better. I'm not about to just stop working out because I have a minor injury.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
LOL runningesq. I complain too. I'm a whiner. But then I just try to work around it.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
complain. LOUDLY. and then go swim :P
BeautifulHealth BeautifulHealth 7 years
I just aggravated my coccyx (right below the tailbone). I rested up for two days, initially (when it was painful), and then added back in just upper body strength and lighter walking. I've slowly added other stuff - elliptical, ab work, etc. - and am making sure to really, really listen to my body and STOP when I feel it aggravating that area. This method has worked good very well thus far. I get to still workout, but am letting it heal at the same time.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I rest the injury and do easier exercises until it's better. Depending on the injury I just might do something differently. When I sprained something in my neck I didn't use the weights or the rowing machine until it healed.
syako syako 7 years
I am of the thinking that if you get injured, your body is telling you to slow down and rest. So that is what I do.
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