A study in Delhi, India, found that 73.4% of participants had been injured while playing sports over the course of a year, showing just how common sports injuries are. Injuries can take a long time to recover from, and it’s important to take the time needed for your body to heal and strengthen, with the goal of getting back to your favourite sports.

Ask a professional

Before you do any kind of sport or exercise after an injury, you should always get the all clear from a professional. If a physiotherapist has been involved in your recovery, they will probably give you an expected time-frame, based on you completing the exercises they give you. As you progress, a physio should tell you how long you should wait before getting back to sports, and which sports are a good place to start. If you don’t have a physiotherapist involved, speak to your doctor to see what they recommend.

Shift some weight

It’s likely you’ve been away from exercise for a long time, perhaps even long after your injury healed, as you lost your old routine and motivation to exercise again. This sudden change in activity can quickly lead to weight gain. Losing weight can help to take the stress off joints, which is particularly important if a joint has been previously injured. Using an exercise bike is a good option for heavier people, as they support the body, taking additional pressure off the joints while giving a full body workout. Not all bikes are designed for heavier masses, which can make it difficult to find the best bike for your needs. HomeFitnessJourney.com are dedicated to making it easy to exercise at home, and therefore offer a comparison of different features for some of the best home exercise bikes so that you can pick the best one for you.

Find something that suits you

The sport you used to love may not be a good idea anymore. Even once an injury has healed and exercise has been done to strengthen it, sometimes it’s best to switch to a sport or exercise that’s less likely to result in a repeated injury. This can be really difficult, but it doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to go back to your favorite sport. In the short term, look for exercises that are less stressful on your body, such as switching running for swimming. Over time, you may be able to work up to going for long walks, jogs and then running again.

Always think of recovering from an injury as a long term process. It will take time to get back to your favorite sports, and you may need to adapt what exercises you do in the meantime, but stay positive, and keep working towards your ultimate goal.

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