Dealing with Injuries

Getting injured is never fun, but it does happen from time to time.  It’s incredibly important to not skip the warm-up and stretch to each workout to each workout, and during the workout you need to attempt to keep good form even when you’re super tired.  Doing those two things can greatly decrease your chances of getting hurt, but whether it’s from a workout or doing something else, there’s always the chance that you could injure yourself.  I’m just bringing this up, because over the 4th of July weekend I ended up bruising a bone in my hand and could barely make a fist anymore.  That really didn’t feel good!  So  what should you do if you get injured?

1) See a doctor.
If you think you might be seriously injured and are wondering how bad it is, please go see your doctor!  They will be able to tell you if you have seriously injured yourself and what the best course for recovery is.  My wife’s cousin is a doctor, so I had her check out my hand to make sure it wasn’t broken.  That was a huge relief.  The last thing you want to have happen is that you assume that your injury is not bad and don’t get it checked out, and then it just keeps getting worse over time.  So if you have an injury, go see your doctor and get it checked out.

2)  Do not aggravate your injury with the workouts.
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t do anything, but if it’s your hand that’s hurt, then don’t be lifting weights with that hand or doing pull-ups and push-ups.  If you do push the injury, you can often times just make it worse and put yourself out of commission for a longer period of time.  I know it’s hard to take a break sometimes, but you really don’t want to make your injury worse and lose even more time!

3)  Workout other areas
Just because you’re hurt it doesn’t mean that you can’t workout at all!  I heard this from Tony himself after he tore his bicep from the bone.  His advice was to workout the parts that aren’t injured.  If your upper body is hurt, then work on your lower body.  You can still do cardio and plyometric workouts, so don’t stop yourself from working more on those things.  If you have a lower body injury, then work on your upper body with push-ups, pull-ups, lifting weights, etc.  If possible, work the other parts of your body.  If you have a back injury that could be a different story since it seems like anything you do will aggravate your back.

4)  Focus on nutrition!
If you’re injured and can’t workout like you normally can, then it’s even more important to focus on your nutrition!  Adjust your caloric intake for the fact that you’re not burning calories working out and make sure you’re sticking to your nutrition plan as far as food choices go.  If you let your diet slip when you can’t workout then you are really going to be going backwards fast.  But, if you stay on track with your diet, you really don’t have to lose that much ground!  So if you are injured, I encourage you to pay even closer attention to what you’re eating!

So those are just some of my tips for dealing with injuries.  I know first hand that they can be frustrating, but you can minimize the time the injury takes to heal and get back on track with your workouts after that.  Focus on getting better and back up to 100% and realize your transformation is a marathon not a sprint.  The goal is to be healthy your whole life, not just in the next 90 days!

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