Workout schedules depend on consistency and regularity. When you get an injury, it threatens to wreck your work and set back your fitness goals.
So there’s always a temptation to just “play through the pain.” Sometimes you can get away with it, but sometimes you’re risking doing even more damage.
So when should you work out, and when should you ease off? Consult our handy guide to find out!
When To Push It, When To Back Off
Don’t Aggravate Your Injury!
This is the first and foremost rule of working out when injured. The longer you have the injury, the longer your workouts will be compromised. Most of the time, leaving it alone is the ticket to recovering quickly. You also don’t want to play around with turning a temporary injury into permanent damage!
This doesn’t mean that the injured body part has to be completely ignored, however. With certain types of injuries, it’s OK to engage that area if you aren’t straining it. For example, with relatively light joint issues such as carpal tunnel or a swollen knee, you’re generally OK so long as you aren’t bending the area or hitting it with repetitive impact. Exercises where you can keep the area straight and stabilized are generally not a problem.
Focus On Other Areas
If you’re not able to engage the injured area for strength training, don’t sweat it. It’s life, stuff like this happens sometimes. It’s only a temporary setback in the long run.
Be sure to keep up with your other muscle groups if you can, however. For example, if you have an upper body injury, it’s time to really hit the leg press. Aside from keeping those muscles in shape, you’ll also help keep your basal metabolic rate up and keep your overall body composition on point.
Get Your Cardio In
With many injuries, it’s OK to keep doing cardio while you’re recovering. As we mentioned before, if you have an injured joint, you won’t want to aggravate it with repetitive impact (for example, an injured knee by running).
But there are so many cardio options out there, you can work around almost any injury. If you can’t run, consider a stationary bike or swimming.
Recalibrate Your Diet And Keep Protein Up
If the injury is reducing your physical activity, don’t forget to readjust your overall caloric intake and macronutrients to compensate.
A high protein diet is never more important than when injured. We know that strength training is basically a process of tearing the muscles and then rebuilding them, and when tissue is damaged by other means the process is the same. The body needs plenty of essential amino acids, especially the BCAAs. Even nerve and cell damage requires more protein intake to aid in recovery!
Joint or Muscle Injury? Look Into These Specific Supplements
There are some particular supplements that are very useful for joint or muscle injuries.
Cissus is particularly good for joint injury recovery. It’s used mostly to help ease pain and as an anti-inflammatory, but also may help to heal broken bones and even support a damaged liver![3,4]
Curcumin and fish oil are also just about always good for general support during any type of recovery. Fish oil is well known as a potent source of the antioxidant Omega-3 fatty acid and as an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is an active compound in turmeric, and at least one recent study has found that it helps treat and reduce the pain of muscle injuries.
Nitramine for Workout Support… and Emotional Support!
So if you’re injured and can’t give 100%, is it time to stop taking Nitramine? Not at all! Nitramine boosts endurance and strength with beta alanine and betaine anhydrous, and superior energy and focus from Pikatropin, citicoline sodium and HCI among other superstar ingredients.