I recently researched the topic of exercising with an injury after I tweaked my lower back lifting my 43-lb child over a snow bank. I didn't want to be sidelined, but wanted find a way to keep momentum and motivation going.
My pain wasn't so bad that I needed to visit a doctor. Until the soreness and stiffness subsided, I wanted to find an exercise that I could safely do. But what? Was swimming my only alternative for a low-impact, weight-supported exercise?
My husband (a Track and CC coach) advised,
“Do what you can do. Try your regular workout, but always stop if you are in pain. My general rule is: if you have discomfort or soreness, you can usually work through it. Sometimes injuries will loosen up with activity.”If you do need to find an alternate activity, he suggests swimming for knee, hip or IT band problems. He echoed trainers citing biking and rowing as other sports that are easier on joints.
The AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine recommends people with knee injuries incorporate