Don't be a hero

Friday, March 09, 2012

Listen to your body. I know that sounds fairly straightforward, but so many people ignore the warning signs that their body is on overload. There is big difference between an injury and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS will usually occur within 24 hours of working a muscle group. You will feel achy, fatigued and possibly stiff, but you should not be in any pain when you are at rest. An injury on the other hand will usually hurt when you are at complete rest. Common symptoms include sharp pains and aches regardless of whether the person is resting or active. There may be weakness at the location of the injury as well as bruising and swelling. There should be no bruising or swelling from DOMS.

You can work through the DOMS by foam rolling, stretching, drinking water, and moving around more frequently. If you have DOMS, don't avoid movement as it tends to make the ache last longer.

I have been guilty of pushing through several injuries in the past. I felt like I would "fall off the wagon" if I didn't keep moving. While injuries are serious, you shouldn't completely avoid exercise until you get better. If you have a leg injury, focus on your upper body strength. Don't let an injury be an excuse to eat junk and get fat. You will be much happier if you make an effort to work around the problem.

 

Have you ever pushed through an injury? What was the result?

 

***I am not a certified personal trainer, I am speaking from experience and research. If you feel an uncomfortable pain that you are unfamiliar with, please consult a doctor.

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  1. Yep! Running. I thought I could run a marathon! Running gave me a high that I hadn't experienced before and racing was addicting. I was training a lot, neglecting exercises I needed to strengthen and balance my body, and ended up injuring myself. I saw the signs of injury coming, and I ignored them. Lesson learned.

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