Take a look at the list below for things you can do to maintain strength after an injury.
Staying Strong While Injured
It’s true that some injuries require you to forego your normal exercise routine for a while but does that mean you can’t stay strong during recovery? Not at all. Here are some steps to take that will save you from wasted efforts.
- Exercise around the injury. Don’t neglect to work out the parts of your body that aren’t injured. This helps you stay in shape, while also positively affecting the injured area.
- Drink up. Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps maintain muscle. So don’t overindulge, but feel free to enjoy a glass at the end of a stressful day.
- Have a steak. Red meat provides your body with creatine, which helps maintain muscle size and strength while you’re injured.
Get plenty of protein. Researchers have found that increasing your protein intake during a prolonged break from exercising helps preserve muscle by supplying your body with a sufficient amount of amino acids.
- Limit your carb intake. While carbs are a good source of energy while you’re active, they turn into fat when you’re not as active. Avoid bad carbs altogether and limit healthy carbs while you’re out of the exercise game to avoid gaining weight.
To get the best results from your workouts without aggravating your injury, consider exercising under the supervision of a personal trainer. He’ll be able to determine the best course of action for your specific injury that will help you stay on course toward meeting your health goals. For more information on staying strong while injured, reach out to personal trainer Ralph Roberts today.