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Improving fitness while injured

It's only natural to be fearful of exercising while injured. Many times a person may think of the pain that is involved, and decide to postpone exercise until the injury is healed. However, exercising correctly while injured could not only speed recovery, but can also improve your fitness level.

But first a word of caution: Seek the advice from your physiotherapist before attempting any form of exercise. Your physiotherapist can design a program that will give you just the right amount of exercise and at the right intensity. For example, someone who has had a knee surgery will not do resistive exercise with weights in the beginning. Your physiotherapist will grade your routine to match your progress, adding weights as you become stronger.

Another reason to seek out a physiotherapist for your fitness program is that he/she is aware of the safety precautions to be observed with certain conditions. For example, if you have a heart condition you will not be subjected to the same training intensity as someone who doesn't. Similarly, if you suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes, certain protocols will be followed to ensure that your health is not further jeopardised by the exercise.

By performing strengthening exercises while injured, your muscles, tendons and ligaments may become stronger than they were before the injury, thus making you more fit and less prone to injury. Therefore, whether you are a professional athlete or a housewife, exercising under supervision while injured, will help you improve your fitness level.


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