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When you’re a fitness freak, there is nothing – nothing – worse than a severe injury. It puts you out of the game for weeks or even months and leaves you stuck at home on the sofa. The injury may have happened out on the field, in a car accident or even at work. Whatever the cause, you’re out of action!

We know you can’t wait to get back into the gym or onto the track, but take it slowly. Recovering from a serious injury must be done correctly. If not, you risk causing long-term damage to your body. Trust us, two extra days of rest can save you two months of pain. Keep reading for a complete guide to getting through the difficult time.

  1. Ice, ice, ice – Immediately after the injury occurs, get an ice pack on the affected area. Leave it on for approximately 30 seconds, and then take it off for about ten minutes. Repeat this three times. Continue to apply the ice pack over the next few days too. This will reduce bleeding in the muscle tissue and speed up recovery down the line.
  1. Understand what you’re dealing with. – One of the biggest troubles with injuries is failing to take them seriously. You might find yourself shrugging it off and belittling the problem. Don’t fall into this trap; seek medical attention immediately. Get a doctor to check out the injury and obtain a full diagnosis. Face up to the scale of the wound and take the necessary steps. Don’t take any shortcuts.
  1. Stick to a good diet – It’s really important to monitor what goes into your body during the recovery period. Your body needs lots of nutrients and vitamins to repair the damage. More importantly, it needs hydration! Try to drink at least two litres of water every day and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  1. Attend a rehab facility – Not everyone can afford a full-scale rehab plan. However, there may be a way around this. Did your accident happen during a gym class? Are you out of action because of a work injury? If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation. This would help cover the costs of health care and rehabilitation. A proper rehab plan will help you get back on your feet faster.
  1. Keep yourself busy – If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to get back out there quickly! Try to keep that eager part of your brain busy with other challenges. If your leg is injured, try doing some flexibility workouts for your upper body. If your arm’s in a sling, do some squats or leg lifts at home. Remember, don’t push it too far, you’re still recovering.
  1. Listen to your body – Finally, take notice of what your body is telling you. Don’t rush your recovery period and don’t force anything that doesn’t feel right.

A long injury can leave you dejected and frustrated. Take your time, and you’ll be back on your feet in no time. Don’t worry, the gym will still be there when you’ve fully recovered!