How To Work Around Injuries

Posted On Oct 5, 2017 By Tom Holland

Tom Holland and the BowFlex Breakfast Club

It's a simple fact of life: It's not a matter of if, but when you will suffer an injury. Some are from sports, some are accidents that happen during our regular activities of daily living, and others are chronic injuries that occur over a period of time.

So what do you do when you suffer an injury? Do you stop exercising until it's fully healed? Or do you keep going and "work through" the pain instead? Obviously much depends on the specific type of injury as well as the severity, but, no, you should not "work through" the pain and risk injuring yourself further. You should always err on the side of caution.

Here's the good news: Most injuries do not have to stop you from exercising altogether. If fact, as crazy as it might sound, injuries can often turn out to be a net positive as far as you fitness goes. How is that remotely possible? Well, most people tend to do the same exercise program for months and even years on end. Their bodies have gotten acclimated to the workout, they have hit the dreaded plateau, and they have stopped seeing changes. In fact, doing the same program for too long can also be the cause of an injury, due to repetitive stress and the creation of muscular imbalances.

So, rather than forcing you to stop exercising altogether, injuries often force you to change your routine, which can be incredibly beneficial in the long term. Want to know more about how to work around common injuries? Watch this episode of the BowFlex Breakfast Club!

Are you still not sure how to get started? Do you need help with workouts you can do at home, many with no equipment whatsoever? Check out BowFlex's YouTube page.