Injuries From Over Exercising

Do you know the difference between muscle soreness and an injury? Injuries from over exercising are extremely common and ignoring the warning signs can be disastrous!

In my many years of experience as a personal trainer, I’ve spoken to many people who have had ongoing niggling injuries. Injuries are annoying and it can be tempting to “push through the pain”, but you need to know when it’s time to let your body get the rest it needs. I know from my own personal experiences are dealing with a hamstring injury for two years. I was unable to perform at my peak which was extremely frustrating. It wasn’t until I found a great Osteopath that I was able to begin my recovery.

Injury or post-workout soreness?

This is the question a lot of people new to fitness struggle with. It can be difficult to identify whether the pain you’re feeling is from a great workout or from a potential injury.

At no point in time before, during or after a workout should you feel a “sharp” pain. This is a big warning sign, and however you’ve been training needs to change. It may be a sign that you’re training with an incorrect technique, or not warming up properly before a workout.

After a hard workout, it’s quite common for your body to be sore, especially if you’re not used to training, or you’ve had an exceptionally hard workout. The post-workout soreness is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). It’s quite normal, and it simply means your muscles have been pushed to their max and they need time to recover.

Personally, I LOVE that feeling because I know I’ve pushed myself hard and have achieved something. I also know when I’ve pushed body too hard and give it extra time to recover.

No Pain, No Gain

I’m sure most of us have heard of this saying and it’s true, to an extent. DOMS is okay, injuries are not!

The longer you train, the more you’ll understand your body and be able to identify the difference between the two feelings. Make sure you get a professional personal trainer who can teach you correct training techniques.

Training should be hard, and the harder you train the better results you’ll get. Take care of your body, and you’ll be able to train for many years to come!

Preventing Injuries

Preventing injuries from over training is quite simple if you follow these steps:

Recovering from Injuries

It’s unfortunate but at some point in time, all of us are going to get injured. Hopefully the injury is minor and doesn’t require a long recovery. Listen to your body; it will tell you when it needs rest. If you have a niggling injury, do something about it immediately before it’s too late.

If you ignore a minor injury and continue to train, there’s a real chance that minor injury might become a major, life-long injury.

If you do suffer an injury, the most important thing is to stop training that muscle/joint immediately and seek professional advice. Talk to your personal trainer, Physiotherapist, Osteopath or whoever you need to. They’ll be able to advise on how long you should rest and what steps you need to take to recover as quickly as possible.

If your injury is due to over-training or incorrect training, speak to a personal trainer. They’ll be able to review your technique and teach you how to train in a way that does not lead to injuries.

Remember what your goal is when training: you’re trying to improve your fitness, strength, speed, flexibility and/or health. Getting injuries from over training will not help you achieve these goals!

Remember to take care of your body, it’s the only one you have (until scientists learn how to clone new bodies).