Working Out While Injured: 4 Things to Know

When you're working out with an injury, the last thing you want to do is hurt yourself and prolong your recovery time. Here are 4 tips to help you work around your injury so that you can keep up with your fitness. 1. VIEW IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY You may feel depressed because your normal endorphin boosting routine is gone. Although it may be rough, use this as an opportunity to work other muscle groups and improve weak areas. 2. TEST YOUR RANGE OF MOTION Before you work out, test the full range of motion of the injured area. This will help prevent aggravating your injury and further setting back recovery time. 3. WATCH YOUR FORM Use the mirrors in the gym to keep an eye on your form. When one l

6 Ways to Stay Safe While Exercising

A study published in the journal Injury Prevention in 2012 reviewed data for 116 injuries over a 7 year period associated with the use of headphones. The researchers found that nearly three quarters of the injuries were fatal. In order to exercise while remaining safe, here are a few tips to follow: 1. Obey local traffic laws: Walk and run against traffic and bike with the traffic flow. 2. Utilize less traveled roadways or stick to designated paths and trails. 3. Exercise at off peak hours when traffic is not busy. 4. Wear reflective clothing at low light times. 5. Lower the volume of your device so you can hear warning signals. 6. Wait to text, read or watch videos- it's probably not that i

Myths vs. Facts: 4 Things to Know About Exercising While Sick

It's Fall, and you've done a superb job of sticking to your fitness resolutions. But with the kids back in school, cold and flu season is just around the corner. What if you get a nasty cold? Should you stop exercising? To help clear up some misconceptions, here are some myths versus facts. 1. "It's okay to workout with a cold." FACT: But depending on the severity of the cold. If you have a few sniffles and feel relatively fine after taking some medication, you are probably okay to do some moderate exercise. 2. "Working out can speed up recovery." MYTH: Research shows that regular exercise can improve your immune system and help fight off illness. But, exercising while sick won't have much i


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