Do you think you can work out if you’re injured? Most people will probably say “No way!” There’s an understandable fear that if you work out while injured or recovering from some sort of injury, you’ll make things worse. They use this excuse to start getting lazy, or to never start working towards their goals in the first place. You need to workout, even if you’re injured, and here’s why.
If you injure yourself while going about your life or get sick or need surgery for one reason or another, you want to recover as quickly as possible, right? Part of this recovery process includes increasing blood flow too injured/ affected area in order to repair that site. If you immobilize yourself, you will restrict this blood flow and prolongs the healing process. So step 1 is keep moving! Depending on what is injured, that can be doing for a walk or a bike ride, using a ski erg, or swimming.
Do the necessary rehab work! If you are injured or in any phase of a recovery processes, you need to do the rehab work. You need the affected area to get back to strength and to regain its mobility. If you don’t do the rehab work, this won’t happen, and you will put yourself at further risk of injury due to imbalances, in the future. You can get this rehab work from a physical therapist, a good chiropractor (we recommend Connect First Family Chiropractic), or from a knowledgeable coach (all of our coaches at CrossFit 286 are able to assist!).
Don’t stop working out. Us humans love the path of least resistance, so if we get hurt, we like to use that as an excuse to get lazy and stop working hard towards out goals. DON’T. You can still workout, you just need to be smart in what you do. Even if you have something major happen (illness, loss of function of part of the body, etc.), you can still workout. There is an entire community of “adaptive” CrossFit athletes out there who still get their workouts in (look up Kevin Ogar). Our coaches at CrossFit 286 are great about modifying workouts for folks who have limitations. Shoulder isn’t feeling right? You can may not be able to press a bar overhead, but I’m sure you can bike and squat pain free! Don’t use an injury as an excuse to fall off your discipline or not even get started towards your discipline. Tag in the help of an expert and crush those goals. If you need some help setting up a plan, you can do that here: