Every year, almost 1.3 million people die due to vehicular accidents and yet another 20-50 million people are left injured or disabled due to these incidents. If you’re one of the survivors of car accidents who were able to recover, then you’re lucky. Now the only left thing to do is to wonder where you should go from there?
If you’ve been used to an active lifestyle before the accident happened or you plainly want to indulge yourself in trying to be physically fit, then working out right after achieving recovery won’t be as easy as you think. However, we’re giving you exactly what you need—the key power tips on how you can start working out after a car accident:
- Consult your healthcare provider or physical therapist
You can’t predict yourself if you’re ready to start working out again—only your health care provider or physical therapist can do that. You may not see it or feel it yet but you may still have ligaments, joints, and muscles that are susceptible to strain or obtaining another injury from. Run some tests with your healthcare provider and physical therapist to guarantee that indeed, you’re eligible for working out once again.
- Start with gentle workouts
Exposing yourself to sudden strenuous activities can only do you more harm than good. Instead of hitting the gym right away, start by introducing yourself to gentle workouts such as walking and swimming. These workouts require the participation of your whole body and they don’t require much effort to execute but the payoff is still just as good. After you’ve been “warmed-up” with these activities, then you can introduce yourself to jogging to slowly build up your stamina.
- Hire a licensed physical trainer
Hiring a trainer will make everything easier. You can’t simply whip out a tutorial from the Internet and deem it fit for you. A licensed physical trainer will know exactly which muscle group needs enhancement and strengthening, he will also be able to assess your progress and can tailor a program perfect for your current body condition and can change it when you have started to progress to a better physical condition.
- Balance your workout with nutrition and hydration
For this step, you don’t need to hire a nutritionist to help you assess your diet. Simply being aware of which vitamins and minerals you need can help you achieve the best nutrition for your body. It’s also important that you follow a balanced diet by having enough protein, fiber, vitamins, carbohydrates, and Omega-3 to keep you energized all throughout the day without requiring you to resort to energy drinks. Try not to forget to drink enough water. As you know, our body is made up of 70% water. We need it to keep ourselves hydrated and in order to prevent further health complications.
Going back to working out won’t be as easy as it was before, but you should remind yourself to take things slowly and not to rush yourself, especially that you have just recovered from a car accident. You will achieve your physical fitness goal in time, with enough patience and perseverance.