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DEALING WITH INJURY If you are injured the first thing you should do is consider a visit to a doctor. Follow your doctor’s advice. If you do become injured try to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do. There is nearly always a way you can accommodate an injured area so that you can continue doing some sort of workout. Bringing blood flow into an injured area may help your rehabilitation process. Consult your health care professional to get proper guidance. If you injure a shoulder, for example, your health care professionals might tell you that you can still work your legs and abs. If your knee is injured, perhaps you can work the back of your legs. Since weight training can be very specific and target specific muscles it offers a great advantage that other modes of exercise do not.  Your doctor, physical therapist, or personal trainer may be able to recommend specific exercises that will bring blood flow to your injured area to promote healing and keep an injured area from becoming stiff during your rehabilitation process. We always want to be very careful that our workouts don’t lead us toward an injury. Injuries resulting from stretching are seen frequently so be especially careful if stretching is part of your fitness routine. Using an "intuitive approach" to working out means that you adjust each workout to accommodate the unique condition of your body at the time of each workout. Using an intuitive approach could be the path to an injury free workout life. Typical injuries involving knees, hips, or shoulders can result from the repetitive nature of normal activities of daily living.  The normal strength needed for ordinary activities of daily living gives us a good reason to maintain some degree of strength no matter how old we are lucky enough to be one day. Development and maintenance of at least average strength in all your large muscles is advisable. Weight training is an easy and practical way to accomplish that task.
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