Working Out With An Injury – The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC



As some of you may know, back in August, I started the crazy, insane program called Chalean Extreme.  During the third week of the first phase, I was doing a bicep work out.  All of a sudden, I felt something in my elbow feel weird.

When working out, soreness can be a good thing.  If you work out, and your muscles are sore, that is great.  (I actually love for my muscles to be sore.)  What that means is that you did the exercises, right, and that you are building new muscle fibers, which in turn can burn fat.  If you are not sore in your muscles, that most likely means you could probably push yourself a little bit harder.

I love muscle soreness; however, the pain I was feeling one particular day was not in my muscle.  I was still in the first phase of the Chalean Extreme program.  The program focuses on lifting as heavy as you can weights for part of the program.  My pain was in my joint.  More specifically on the inner part of my right elbow.  I immediately dropped the heavy weights I was lifting and picked up a lighter weight.  I finished the work out, but the next day, my elbow was throbbing.

Now, I’ve been working out long enough to know, that I needed to stop the weight lifting program.  Muscle soreness is one thing.  Joint soreness is a whole new ball game.

While muscle soreness is good, joint soreness can mean trouble.  You want to take care of your joints and tendons and ligaments.  Instead of pushing myself and risking further injury, I stopped the Chalean Extreme work outs.   I knew I needed to let my elbow heal.

So, what COULD I do at that point?

Since my injury was an upper body injury, all cardio was still allowed.  So, I went for as many walks/runs as I could with my dog as I could work in.

Injuries suck.  There’s no way around that.  If you have an injury, it’s MOST important that you don’t give up.  It’s so easy to day, “oh, my arm hurts” or “oh, my ankle hurts”, and while it’s probably true; they do hurt, I am CERTAIN that there is something you can do as far as physical activity goes.

If you have an upper body injury, you can do cardio, cardio, cardio.  If it’s a lower body injury, then you can work out your upper body.

I’m not saying to push yourself beyond reason.  You utlimately have to listen to your body.  What I am saying is to don’t let the injury rule you.  Do not let the injury become a crutch or excuse.  There are things you can do while injured to help you in your weight loss journey.

That all said, if you have any doubts or worries, please consult your doctor first.

The most important thing is that you don’t give up.  Do as much as you can.  Work as hard as you can, and results you will see.

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