You’ve just completed your first full month of consistent exercise and BAM you sprain your ankle or break your toe. It’s a health nut’s nightmare and a goal–crushers greatest set-back. No active person enjoys taking time off from their routine for fear of becoming stagnant, but, it is vital to your health and recovery to rest any injury you incur. If you find yourself in this position, not to worry, we have the best solution on how to stay fit while you heal-SWIMMING.
Swimming is a low-impact activity that virtually anyone can participate in. It doesn’t put any high level of stress or pressure on your muscles, joints or bones and is what’s referred to as a “non-weight bearing activity”. Swimming can keep your body moving, while at the same time allowing your feet and ankles to rest.
A study by the State University of New York showed that compared to non-swimmers, those who swim have:
- Lower heart rates
- Better blood pressure
- Improved breathing
- Improved circulation
All 4 of these are vital components for recovery and aid in the natural healing process.
In addition, swimming gets your blood pumping which is your greatest healing aid. Bringing blood to the injury site will help with circulation, reduction of inflammation and over-all swelling.
Try This Easy Exercise
Here is an easy, non-weight bearing, exercise you can do that will be a great work-out while keeping all of the emphasis on your upper body.
Get a kick board and lay your legs over it. Perform swim strokes with your arms only while laying face-up in the water.
Stay in the deep end of the pool and tread water if you are able to work up an aerobic heart rate. If this effects your injury too much, don’t do this part.
If your injury persists and seems as though it is not healing over time, please don’t hesitate to come in and see us for a consultation. We hope you have a wonderful March. Happy Swimming!
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