the fitness journal
Injuries and Listening to your Body
Fitness is all about motivation, dedication and working hard. Getting results takes time and consistency, and you must be fully invested into your training to fulfil your workout ambitions.
In order to stay focused and achieve that level of consistency, it’s essential to stay injury-free. Even the smallest injury may require long periods of rest without any exercise, which may slow down and even reverse progress.
There are many ways you can avoid the risk of injury and make sure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste. Tailor your exercise routine to keep the risk to a minimum and maintain your training plan in the long term. Seek advice from your Personal Trainer if you’re not sure of the best exercises for you.
If this means not doing certain exercises and finding alternatives, that’s fine! If something doesn’t work for your body and may put you at risk of injury, it’s not worth it.
Speak your Body’s Language
I always tell my clients that you need to listen to your body. It can be tempting to ignore those aches and pains when you are feeling motivated and don’t want to stop your fitness routine even for a minute. But you risk far more damage in the long-term if you don’t pay attention to what’s going on with your body.
If your aches and pains last far longer than regular post-training soreness, don’t worry about the short term effect of skipping a session, swapping to a different session or changing movement. With fitness, the long game is always what counts. As long as you’re playing sensibly, then you’ll be fine!
Cold as Ice
One thing that often cannot be avoided is a cold, flu or virus. Once again, listen to your body and rest when it’s telling you to. If you are maintaining a consistent, healthy food and training routine month after month, then taking a week off to recover from a cold is not a concern.