Injuries That Can Keep You Out of the Gym



If you want to live a happy, healthy life, you have to make physical fitness a priority. It’s what keeps your body strong and able to function the way you need it to throughout your life. 

Many people go to the gym to work out and build their fitness. Unfortunately, some injuries can get in the way of going.

Back Injuries

Back pain is surprisingly common. While not all back pain is caused by back injuries (at least not obvious ones), you must make healing a priority. Back injuries can be serious, especially if they are along your spine. 

The last thing you want to do is aggravate your nerves and injure yourself further because you decided to push through the pain of your injury and go to the gym anyway. Protect your back as you recover by keeping your spine neutral. Move gently through your range of motion if it’s safe to do so.

Knee Injuries

You have a lot of mobility in your knee. The more mobility you have in a joint, the less stability it has. Less stability increases the risk of injury. About a quarter of American experiences restricted movement from knee pain. If you suffer a knee injury, you may need to take a break from the gym for a while. 

You need your knees to function so you can retain your mobility. Overdoing it puts that at risk. Support your knee with a knee brace, wear supportive shoes, and make sure your legs are properly aligned when exercising to protect your knees from injury.

Shoulder Injuries

As mobile as your knee is, your shoulder is even more so. That means it is at an even higher risk of getting injured because it has even less stability. Injuring your shoulder further compromises its stability. As such, injuring your shoulder means you should let it rest and recover before doing more exercises with it. In the meantime, you can focus on working out your legs and core, depending on the exercises you do. When your shoulder is ready, strengthen it by adding shoulder movements into your workout routine and only lift as much weight as you can handle–don’t overdo it.

Getting injured is a real bummer. The time it takes to recover can set your progress back by a frustratingly large amount, but it’s important to take the time you need to heal. Taking time to heal thoroughly right after you’re hurt gives you your best shot at a full recovery. Once you’re recovered from your injuries, you can get back to the gym and regain your lost progress more safely.

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