Injured? Getting Back Into Exercising After Injury
Firstly, it’s important to recognise the difference between general soreness and a few niggles from exercise and real pain / injury.
While our bodies are pretty good at breaking down then rebuilding and often this is the key to progress. There are times where you may need to step back and allow a joint or muscle group some extra time to recover. Otherwise, it may just get worse.
Note: In any case where you’re really not sure about a pain or physical issue, you should consult your doctor to ensure you have the right medical advice.
It’s also worth being mindful of how long it typically takes for a muscle/muscle group to recover from being trained intensely. The below table (from The Lean Exec book) shows average timing for recovery of different muscle areas roughly by body type.
Although it’s important to recognise everyone is different, this is just a guide and your quality of sleep, nutrition and fitness level will also play a part. So try to get to know your body and listen to what it’s saying.
This can sometimes be a tricky balance and don’t let it be an excuse to be lazy!
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