If you suffer from underlying health problems, or you’ve sustained an injury, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. Many people assume that rest is the secret to recovery. But often, it’s beneficial to keep moving. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape when you’re carrying an injury, or you’re in pain.

Keep an eye on your eating habits

Healthy eating is always important, but it will become even more pressing when you’re not feeling well, and your capacity to exercise is reduced. Eating well will improve your chances of recovery and prevent you from gaining weight. A healthy plan should include all the major food groups. Limit your intake of fatty, processed, and sugary foods. Increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Cook at home, rather than eating out. If you struggle for inspiration, or you’re not a master chef, don’t worry. You can use the Internet to find hundreds of simple, healthy recipes within seconds.

If you suffer from underlying health problems, or you’ve sustained an injury, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. Many people assume that rest is the secret to recovery. But often, it’s beneficial to keep moving. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape when you’re carrying an injury, or you’re in pain.

Work on your eating habits

Healthy eating is always important, but it will become even more pressing when you’re not feeling well, and your capacity to exercise is reduced. Eating well will improve your chances of recovery and prevent you from gaining weight. A healthy plan should include all the major food groups. Limit your intake of fatty, processed, and sugary foods. Increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Cook at home, rather than eating out. Use The Exact Formula for Weight Loss for a customized caloric budget fit to meet your personal needs.  If you struggle for inspiration, or you’re not a master chef, don’t worry. You can use the Internet to find hundreds of simple, healthy recipes within seconds.

 

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Adapt your workouts

If you’re suffering from acute pain following an injury, you’ll probably be advised to rest. If you have chronic pain, such as lower back pain, it may be possible to adjust your exercise regime. Once your injury has healed, you can start to build up the frequency and intensity of sessions. As you get stronger, you’ll find that you can do more. You may also need to alter the kind of exercises you do. You may find that walking and swimming are more manageable than dance or spin classes.

If you have long-term pain, ask your doctor about suitable activities. Swimming is often beneficial for those with back problems. Strengthening and stretching your tight/weak areas will likely be recommended by your physical therapist. Yoga and Pilates are proven to increase flexibility and mobility, and they can also reduce stress.

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Look into complementary therapies

Do you suffer from pain on a regular basis? If so, there may be therapies and techniques, which could help to make you feel more comfortable. Acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy are all effective treatments for back pain.

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Seek advice

If you’re in pain, and you haven’t been to see a doctor yet, book an appointment without delay. It;s important to try and identify a cause before you make the situation worse. Stop exercising until you have spoken to your doctor. You may find that you need to rest and then start working with a physical therapist to build up your strength. Don’t continue to workout if you’re in constant pain. This may only set you back in the long-run.

Most of us experience pain from time to time. But persistent pain shouldn’t be ignored. The nature and severity of pain will dictate how much and what kind of exercise you can do. Sometimes, rest is best. In other cases, keeping moving will speed up your recovery.