If you get injured, it can be difficult to determine how to properly rest after the injury occurs. Popular belief is to rest until you have fully recovered from the injury. However, there are consequences to doing nothing but resting for a long period. A balance of rest with light activity is much more effective for your recovery.
Is There Such Thing as Too Much Rest?
Rest is very important for recovery. Regardless of how active your lifestyle may be, when an injury occurs, everyone needs time to rest before they start picking up any exercises that can put too much stress on the injury. Resting is a crucial step to healing your injury and feeling better. However, too much rest can cause your body to weaken. This can lead to even more injuries once you try going back to your regular routine.
How do I Prevent my Body from Weakening during Rest?
Your body starts to weaken because there is no demand for exercise. Your body knows when you have stopped a workout regimen and quickly begins to adjust itself to the level of activity that is demanded. To prevent this, one must keep the body active enough so that you aren’t irritating the injury and concurrently keeping your body active. Light exercise that keeps your body active without putting too much stress on your injury is highly recommended.
Exercises you may want to consider include: