Enjoying a beautiful Florida summer bike ride - Fort Myers, Florida - August 2023.
If you’ve experienced a bad injury, you know how frustrating it can be to not be able to workout.
This is especially true when training for an event.
There is also a lot of conflicting information about what to do and when.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
In the first few days after an acute injury, the body will go through the first stage of healing, the inflammatory phase.
If you’ve had a sprain or strain in the past, you might remember that the first 3-4 days are usually the worst in terms of pain, stiffness and swelling.
To protect the injured tissue from further damage and avoid any subsequent bleeding, the advice is to avoid ‘HARM’ for 72 hours.
The acronym HARM stands for:
A gorgeous run on Naples Beach on a cooler, less humid fall Florida day. Photo Courtesy of Charly II.
Professionalism and know-how are vital in the fitness industry.
To achieve your full fitness potential, you need proper guidance from your trainer.
With that being said, you need to be mindful of the advice you are given.
Considering the uptick in group personal training sessions (is group personal?) and the more recent ‘fitness scandals’ - I’ve compiled a few do’s and don’ts to help you navigate working with a trainer:
A personal fitness trainer MUST stay current.
The fitness industry is always changing and evolving, so it’s important your trainer stays current with their certifications.
Not only is it a manner of professionalism but it also helps them serve you better.
With a plethora of courses constantly offered in person and via distance learning, look for someone who actively pursues continuing education, conferences, and reads...