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Did your body go left while your foot went right and you tweeked your knee?  Shovel snow and now you can barely bend over to tie your shoe?  Get the flu that was going around and it's hanging on while you are barely handling getting out of bed?  It's miserable!  Whether you feel sidelined or like your wings have been clipped, there are some things you need to know that can help you get your game back easier.

Cold or Flu?
Your body makes you rest by causing you to feel tired and your body fatigued when you are sick.  Your immune system is fighting to bring you back to health so it draws on your energy systems.  Don't work out until you no longer have a fever, aches, pains, vomiting or diarrhea.  Wait until you really do feel better. Besides the other people at the gym will be happy you stayed home!

You can ease back in by paying attention to your body as you work out.  You may feel great until you try to do your cardio.  Keep it light and shorten it, if you don't feel quite back to normal. Adjust as you go.  Save lifting weights for one or two workouts later.  Many people try to go back too soon and to their normal routine, then pay big time for it afterward.

Injuries take at least 6-8 weeks to heal, but more often it takes longer.  When I tore my ACL a few years ago, it took a good 6 months for me to be able to work out more normally. Most of what I did before had to wait.  No surgery, just physical therapy.  Rest, therapy, surgery are common, depending on the level of trauma.

If you were injured as a result of improper exercise form, find out what you needs to change. Allow a personal trainer to help you after you are cleared for exercise. 

After you've been cleared to exercise, follow the doctor's and/or therapist's guidelines.  You will likely want to make up for lost time, but the patience will pay off.  The pool can be a great place to take the strain off a lower body injury and get you back into your game.  Braces may be an option if your medical provider recommends it.  Some injuries may require a permanent change to your routine. Thankfully there are a host of options that can keep you active. If it will require permanent changes, find a personal trainer who specializes in post-rehab work.  A few sessions will get you going in no time!

Don't rush things.  God has set your body's time clock to heal for a reason.  Think of it as a speed bump in life.  Start back light, pay attention to pain and fatigue, use modifications when needed, then you will be good to go!

God bless you!

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