How to Start Exercising After an Injury

Chances are if you consistently exercise, there’s been a point in time when you’ve suffered from an injury. The most important thing to do after an injury is to take a break from working out. And for many, the idea of not exercising is upsetting because it puts a halt in your progress. The extent of your injury doesn’t matter, regardless, you need to give your body a rest. Here are some tips on how to start exercising after you’ve taken a break from fitness.

Time to Get Into Shape

Although it depends on your injury, the amount of time it will take you to get your endurance and cardio back up is around how long you were not able to exercise. So, if you took two weeks off, it should take around two weeks to get back into shape. However, if you had a major injury like a broken bone or surgery, you should expect it to take longer.

Low-Intensity Workouts

You may want to go hard when you are okayed to start working out, but it’s important to take it slow. The same goes for weight training as you need to consult with your doctor before you start lifting again. When you can start, use light bodyweights and add more weights as you go along.

Avoid Long Runs

When you weren’t able to work out, your body lost endurance and muscle, so don’t expect to be able to run at the same pace you were running before. Interval cycles will help you build up your endurance. You can still exercise for an hour, but combine running with fitness walking.