Injured or Sick – Do I Still Train?

By January 15, 2019 Personal Training

By: Rhys Geske, Personal Trainer

This time of year the gym can be filled with new people exploring the world of fitness for the first time.  If you’re reading this, and are one of them, it might not be a bad idea to hire a trainer or taking a few classes!  From beginner to advanced it may happen where you could unfortunately, get injured or sick.  Do you still go to the gym and train?  Well that depends of course on the state of the injury.  However, here are some things to ask yourself and what has worked for me in the past.

Does the injury hurt while you’re in a state of rest?  If so, then probably rest the area and seek medical attention if pain persists.  I want you to understand that all injuries are individualistic.  What may have happened to one person in their rehab might or might not work for you.  Treat your injury as a case-by-case basis.  A sore lower back might feel better after some movement or activity.  Sometimes the muscles in the body just need to be “woken up” and get blood circulated to the aggravated area.  If you experience constant pain while working out, i.e., a sprained ankle while running, jogging or walking… then I’d try elliptical or stationary bike (of course after taking some time to rest to incorporate healing).  Overall take away message with injuries and training:  be your own detective and smart about it.  Try things from ice, heat, chiropractor, physical therapy and massage to get you feeling better and healed.  Never be afraid to ask a professional.

Training while sick.  This is simple.  If you’re contagious, please stay home.  Your peers and fellow gym goer’s will appreciate it!  I would make it a habit to always wash your hands with soap and hot water before leaving the gym.  I do believe that is a main deterrent why I don’t get sick.  Jinxed myself now.  Hope this all helps and remember there are always professionals, trainers and staff to help you along your fitness journey.  I wish you all well in the New Year of 2019 and always be in competition with your future self!

If you have questions about nutrition or need some guidance to match your fitness routines to your healthy nutritious lifestyle, reach out to me to set-up a free consultation. I would love to assist you to meet your goals. Visit our website for more information.

Rhys | Courts Plus

Education: National Personal Training Institute, North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Speech    Communication and Minor in Mass Communication
Certifications/Memberships: NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, IKFF Kettlebell Instructor

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