Apr 12 2013
Exercising has great benefits, but one lurking negative is the risk of injury. Here are tips on dealing with an injury and some thoughts on prevention.
Dealing with injuries the Woohoo way:
Talk to your trainer: you know your body the best and even Woohoo's rockstar trainers can't always tell what's going on inside. Letting your trainer know if you have a chronic injury, if you've recently worked out a muscle group, or if part of your body is extra tight is a great way to prevent new injuries and keep from exacerbating any existing conditions. Scheduling some private sessions with a trainer is also great way to get extra help on how to work out around an inury.
Give yourself time to reach your goals: Just returning to exercise? Taking ten Woohoo Fit classes your first week back is a easy path to injury. Starting slow and steady is a healthier path to success, whether it's choosing easier modifications, or starting with three classes a week and building from there. Your body will thank you by staying whole and healthy; and you'll be a lot less prone to injury.
Watch the weight! Weights are great, but if you're only exercising once a week, or coming back from a break it's a good idea to back away from the heavy kettle bell and go for a body weight modification. You can also always ask your trainer to check your form and stay tuned into how your body is feeling the entire time the weight is off the ground.
Form over numbers: This is also especially true with weights, stick to good form and make sure you feel comfortable with an exercise before trying to pump out tons of reps or pick up more weight.
Don't forget about body maintenance: a succesful exercise program includes some body TLC! Too often it's easy to focus on performance goals: faster, stronger, burning more calories, pumping out an extra rep. But keeping your body in good working order is necessary in order to be able to keep up on all your fun jumping around. Stretching and foam rolling are great ways to help your body stay healthy and Woohoo Fit's trainer Kelly Raffety is available for yoga private sessions when you need a body reset.
Know when to rest. If you're so sore it's hard to get out of bed then you're primed for a day of rest.
- Change your focus: if you do have a chronic injury you can often still workout. But it's important to walk into Woohoo Fit with a different mentality. Maybe you decide your workout goal is to break a sweat, without straining your sore ankle.
- Don't forget to consult a doctor: Trainers are not medical professionals, and they work best when injuries have been diagnosed and a doctor has given directions for returning to exercising.
Sooner or later, everyone spends some time on the injury bench, but with the right attitude it doesn't have to set you back. And don't forget exercise should always be safe, smart, and fun. Woohoo!