At some point in life, an acute injury is imminent; if you are cleared for exercise, mindful resistance and cardiovascular training will bring a host of benefits.
Injured or not, we sometimes forget that exercise is a way of life. In fact, it is essential to life. Exercising will not only help maintain fitness but also, in the long run, increase your chance of survival. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that cardiovascular fitness is more important to survival than any other risk factor- including blood pressure and cigarette smoking! This reason alone should motivate you to exercise.
Another benefit of continuing cardiovascular exercise while injured is that it increases blood flow, which helps deliver nutrients to cells that repair the tissue. The increased amount of blood flow will carry the debris away from the injury into the liver to get processed and discarded. These two aspects can help to speed up your recovery time.
Resistance training during this time can provide equally important benefits, such as preventing muscle loss. This is important because muscle loss due to cessation of exercise could result in a lower metabolism.Therefore, maintaining muscle mass during injury can in turn fend off unwanted weight gain due to a reduced metabolism. So how can you prevent this from happening? Exercise!
They key to overcoming setbacks is to become creative in the gym. There are many ways to work the muscles you’re accustomed to without compromising the injury or any other safety aspect of the exercise.
First, make sure the injured joint has been properly stabilized by a physical therapist or specialist, and take their advice seriously so as not to jeopardize your injury. The next step is to select exercises that target the muscles you are trying to work but does not require the injured joint to move.
If you find this part difficult, seek help. Consult with one of our Exercise Physiologists or Phsyical Therapists today.
Remember, it is better to exercise with limitations than to stop exercising all together. The science doesn't lie: exercising is essential to life.