Weight Loss Exercise And Injury

When you are doing a lot of exercise for weight loss, there is always the risk for some type of injury to oneself and if that injury is severe enough, it can put a serious cramp on your weight loss goals.  Since this will likely happen to all of us at one time or another, it’s probably a good thing to think about before it happens so that you at least have “mental plan” to continue you weight loss quest and not move in a backwards direction.

The main key as with anything is not to panic!  Just because you have injured yourself, doesn’t automatically mean you have to loose ground on your quest, although there is no question things will slow if you are for a short time not able to excercise because of that injury.   The object will to be to “maintain” your weight while you are injured or possibly even continue your weight loss albeit at a slower pace. 

Now it will be key for you to really “watch your diet”.  Assuming you have been exercising regularly, you have probably been burning somewhere between 200 and 600 calories per day.  If you know how many calories you have been burning through exercise, you can adjust your daily intake of calories down by the amount that you were burning during exercise and this could help keep you at least at the status quo or even maybe on a small weight loss continuance.  If you have already severely reduced your calorie intake, you may not be able to reduce it enough to safely make up the difference and if this is the case, don’t but continue to eat smart and avoid any items that you may have been “cheating on” while exercising.

So what else can you do?  Well depending on your injury, you may be able to continue with exercise that doesn’t affect your injured body part.  In my case, I injured my knee while playing volleyball and this caused an issue with my walking routine.  The solution for me was to increase my weight lifting regimine to make up some or all of the calorie burning I was getting from my daily walks.  I could increase my upper body work outs and do some extra sit ups on the Ab Lounger as well.  If your injury happened to an arm or something else in the upper body area, you might increase your walking exercise by a mile or two to make up for it that way.

Above all, take care of your injury.  Your first instinct might be to “tough it out”, but depending on your injury, you could actually do even more serious harm to yourself or prolong your healing time which will work against you anyway.  It’s not worth long term or permanent injury when you have plenty of time to make up for a brief period of change in your workout or exercise routine. 

Watch what you eat, exercise other ways than you normally do if possible, but don’t panic and don’t give up.  A healthier and happier new you is still only “one pound ago”!

 

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