One of the most frustrating things for any gym freak is when they have to take rest after an injury. We realize that you are frustrated and want to back to the gym as soon as possible but there are certain protocols that must be followed in such cases.
How to continue training in the gym after an injury
A general rule of thumb is that the total time needed to return to your normal gym routine is equal to the time that you spent on the break because of that injury. For example, if you were out of the gym for two weeks because of any injury it will take you two weeks to return back to your regular gym routine. However, the first and most important thing is to make sure that you get permission from your doctor or physiotherapist to return to the gym.
Once you have been granted permission by your physiotherapist and doctor to return to the gym there is no time to waste. Get back to the gym and start training but make sure that you don’t over exert yourself. You have to start slow and in this case, your trainer is the best person that you can consult. As stated earlier in the article the time required to reach the normal level of training is equal to the time that you were out of the gym.
One of the main things to keep in mind is that after the break your body will be well rested. This will give you the ability to perform well on your first day back to the gym but be aware of this and don’t fall in this trap. Just because your body is well rested doesn’t mean that it is back to normal. If you overexert yourself on the first day you won’t be able to give even an average performance the day after that.
But the worst part is that if you exert on the very first day there is a lot of chance that your injury will be back. And this time it will be worse than before. You need to realize the fact that your body needs time to adjust. This is probably the same advice that your trainer in the gym will give after you return after an injury. Start slow and gradually move towards your general workout routine. In this way, you will make sure that you are not hurting yourself even more while trying to overcome already injured body.
We understand how important rigorous working out is for regular gym goers and fitness freaks. The frustration you feel because of not being able to work out in the gym is also understandable. But when you are returning to training after any injury makes sure that you don’t overdo yourself. Embrace the fact that you no longer can follow the same routine that you did before the journey without hurting yourself. The road to recovery is a slow and steady process and you have to embrace it as it is.
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