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How You Can Exercise While Injured

orthopedic surgeries and treatments Show Low, AZIf you’re planning on going to the gym with a boot, wrap, or even crutches, you might expect some stares. If you know what you’re doing then who cares how people react? But, you may want to prepare yourself for questions from curious people. And, most importantly, you must consult your physician and do your research before you head to your favorite gym or facility.

Mentally, it may be harder to avoid doing certain exercises than it is to perform the ones you can. Giving yourself a chance of letting your injury rest while still getting to expend some of that pent up energy is important. Keep reading for some general guidelines about working out while injured.

Knee and Leg Injuries

You probably already know that you’re going to be spending more  time on your arms and upper body. This will help you feel like you’re still working hard, and will also encourage the endorphins to keep flowing.

Though many exercises and forms of cardio will likely be forbidden for a while, you do still have some options. Swimming is a good way to get moving, while keeping your leg or knee in relative safety. Borrow or buy a leg buoy that helps your legs float while you cut through the water with your arms.

Shoulder Injuries

Thankfully, there are still a lot of cardio and weight-bearing options that you can do with a shoulder injury. Why not try walking, running, or even swimming (if you’re willing to use a kickboard, that is)? If you’re still itching to pump some iron or build some muscle, look into leg press and wall sits to see some gains.

It’s very important to take care of yourself while you’re healing, so don’t feel pressured to start exercising before your doctor tells you it’s okay. Also, listen to your body. It may not be ready for what you think you can do. And the last thing you want to do is further injure yourself or create a new injury. If you have any questions about exercising with your injury, call us at (928) 537-6303 to schedule a consultation.

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