When you are an active person, nothing feels worse than having to stop and rest.
Injuries are the bane of an active person’s momentum.
As an active person myself, it has taken me many long years to realize it is better for me to rest and heal when I have an injury, than to power through and deny it. Accepting that your body needs to take a break to heal, is so very difficult. I’ve seen many athlete’s deny their body that time, only to come out with worse injuries in the end…and a less than ideal race time to boot. When we use our bodies intensely, it makes good sense that we honour our bodies with rest and recovery afterward so we can get back to it again. When rest just isn’t cutting it, we may need to consult a professional such as a massage or physiotherapist to get back on track.
Listening to your body is vital and revealing. Injuries are often a sign of either improper footwear, poor alignment throughout a movement, or overdoing an activity, such as increasing the distance or speed too quickly. Adjust your intensity according to what your body is telling you. Some days you may have the energy and vigour to apply all your effort, while other days you may need to take it easier. And that’s ok.
Finally, always stretch after any physical activity. You’ve been working your muscles to contract and perform for you, and so it’s important to stretch them back to their pre-exercise length. Stretching will also reduce your post-exercise muscle soreness and facilitate tissue repair.