If you’re someone who regularly exercises, then a sudden injury will make you feel frustrated for not being able to workout. That feeling of hopelessness is something you can’t deal with, but, being at rest is your new norm.
Getting into an accident is not something you see yourself into. But since this is your new norm, you got to make the best of it. But what happens to your body now you’ve stopped exercising?
What Happens to the Body When You Stop Exercising?
When an injury keeps you from working out, you’ll observe physiological and changes in your body. Your strength and muscles won’t lose overnight, but it does affect your other body aspects.
Muscles shrink and fats build up. Gains usually disappear within a week if you stop lifting weights. Around this time, there’ll be a sudden buildup of fat in your body due to low mobility.
Don’t be discouraged yet! Muscle strength is not similar to muscles gain. Just because you'll lose your guns doesn’t mean you'll lose strength too. In fact, strength is determined by your mental willpower and vigor to finish tasks.
Your blood pressure rises. Exercise helps increase blood flow allowing your arteries to enable greater circulation. This is essential in lowering your blood pressure.
However, if you don’t work out for a long time, your BP will gradually rise. Daily movement is necessary to keep your heart pumped up.
The body produces fats instead of energy. When we exercise, the muscles regulate insulin and turns glucose into energy. Meanwhile, when we stop working out, insulin production becomes low and turns glucose into sugar and fat instead of energy.
This transformation results in weight gain and other health conditions such as diabetes.
Your mood changes. Exercise release happy hormones that can elevate your mood. A gradual decrease in activity can change your emotions. Even if you’re bunked at work, a little exercise can raise your spirits and relieve stress. You’re bound to perform excellently at work than those who don’t exercise.
Sleep can get easily triggered. Exercise helps you sleep well and produces hormones that repair damaged muscle tissues. A lack of exercise further leads to restlessness which results in insufficient sleep. That’s because the body produces high levels of energy (or sugar rush) due to the glucose conversion.
Just because you stopped exercising doesn’t mean you’ll feel guilty about it. Sometimes your body needs to recover. It’s okay to skip a workout if you’re injured or sick.
We mentioned that during this time, you’ll be down in a slump for missing your routine. If you’re an active person, you’ll find ways to keep your energy up despite your injuries.
Tips for Making You Happy and Energized During Injury
Doctors advised that engaging yourself in activities which makes you happy is a way to beat the blues. These activities can even make your muscles get pumped. So, why not try it?
- Follow a proper diet. Eating the right foods can perk up your sensations. For example, dark chocolate and banana release endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Also, by eating the correct diet, your strength will go back in no time as you heal faster that way.
- Meditate. Meditating allows your mind and body to relax. That would ease the tension you’re building around your accident. Also, by incorporating breathing exercises, you can improve blood flow in your body as well metabolism. This will make you feel energized and happy.
- Take a walk. Or go outside. Either way, the outdoors is good for you. Strolling outside can clear your head from dark thoughts brimming inside – because, you can’t exercise. In addition, walking or being outside can make you more creative and positive in life.
- Exercise slightly. Depending on your injuries, you can still exercise with a modified workout routine channeling other parts of your body. It’ll keep your blood flowing regularly, thus, giving you more energy.
- Busy yourself with something new. Occupying your attention to something new will make you giddy with happiness. Instead of brooding in one corner of your injury, busy yourself with novel activities like painting or gardening.
- Don’t let your feelings of hopelessness affect your workouts. When you have recovered from your injury, chances are, you’ll beat yourself up on your next workout. Don’t stress out by struggling with your pace during your exercise. Go slow until you gradually increase your pace again.
- Think positive. How can you think positively during an accident? “This too shall pass!” Taking a break from exercise should not let you feel guilty of missing out your routine. Rest is best if you want to be back at the gym soon.
It’s good to exercise, but, if an unfortunate accident hinders you from lifting weights, you need to step back and relax according to the doctor’s advisory. When you work out, always do warm-up exercises and put on injury prevention gears like kneepads, wrist support, or arm brace.
How to Avoid Exercise Injuries
When you’re ready to go back working out, remember to start easy. You don’t want to end up injured again, do you? Exercise injuries are common, but here’s to avoid them.
- See your doctor
Always see a doctor if you don’t know your physical capabilities yet. He or she will tell what you can do at the moment and offer tips to in injury prevention.
- Seek help from a trainer
Don’t know where to begin? Seek help from your trainers and tell them of your current condition. They can modify your regimen to suit your needs.
- Do warm-up exercises
Many people jump straight to their routines without thinking of warming up. To avoid injuries, you must stretch and work your muscles gradually before the training can begin.
- Eat at least an hour before
Exercising on an empty stomach can be detrimental to your health. You’ll feel nauseous, light-headed, and weak. Like eating, drinking plenty of water before an exercise is also essential.
- Wear the proper attire
You should wear clothing that’s not too constricting with your body and rubber shoes to protect you from unforeseen accidents. Your clothing is well-defined as an accessory that’ll protect you from injuries. If needed, you can also wear body protection gears.
- Don’t work out if you’re sick
Don’t stress yourself by exercising when you’re sick. If your immune system is low, it can trigger various harmful responses in your body. Take a rest if you needed to.
Always have a plan of action before wanting to exercise. We understand that you want to jump right in after you’ve recovered from your injury. Always take time to listen to your body and be smart before starting your training.