Rest, ice and elevate it! It's better to take a few days off than to make yourself worse. When you are exercising again, be certain to stretch! I have sustained an injury to my knee that kept me off from exercising over a week because I didn't stretch properly (or at all). I was doing TurboFire, which is a cardio kickboxin program, and my IT band got so pulled that it put my knee out of alignment. I always stretch now and haven't had problems since.
But as others have said, the more in life you improve yourself, the more likely you can injure yourself. Its life. You can be jogging and trip, you can misjudge a weight and pull your back. Just don't work thru the pain and let your body heal.
In the meantime, can you do any light uppper body workouts? Bicep/Tricep curls? Shoulder press?
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34 4/17/13 6:48 A
Definitely rest that leg...but whatever you do, continue to do SOMETHING, like upper body or abs. One day on the sofa can too easily turn into two, and then three, and so on. You can actually work up quite a sweat just standing in one place if your upper body work is pretty vigorous.
I just came off an injury. I pinched a nerve in my lower back. I can tell you to rest up that calf. Do upper body workouts..........and remember to track your eating real close.......you can't out train a bad diet. Your body needs time to heal......give it that.
I don't know that I pulled my muscle, but there's definitely a knot in my left calf. My husband tried to massage it out last night, but it didn't help. I couldn't even do the knee repeaters in my Strength and Core class today.
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9,705 4/16/13 2:09 P
Tell that Jillian Michaels voice to take a hike, because she's hurting you. ;) Never, ever, ever "push through the pain" - had you stopped when it hurt, you likely wouldn't be as sore as you are today, and now your recovery time may be longer.
Pain is your body's way of saying STOP, something's wrong. Jillian Michaels is a terrible trainer, and should not be used as an example of how you should train (as you've unfortunately learned.)
Take time, rest, recover, and you'll be glad for it later.
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3,415 4/16/13 1:53 P
I have a long history of doing the same. I guess I am too bull headed or crazy. When I pull one muscle in my lower body I use the time to work my upper body so I don't loose ground. There are also a variety of yoga moves and exercises to substitute. Just keep going!
4/16/13 1:30 P
I can totally relate to this. I strained a calf muscle a week before a triathlon I was scheduled to enter. My kids pitched in and we turned it into a relay so I just did the swimming. My calf was fine after a few more days. This will pass but in the mean time you can do upper body exercises and core work. Please wait until your calf is 100% okay before you resume doing anything that could strain it further.
Edited by: DVDIAMOND at: 4/16/2013 (13:30)
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4/16/13 1:21 P
Don't worry ! These things happen and they'll happen more often when you become more active.
You WILL NOT derail any of your efforts at good health or weight loss because you can't exercise for a few days. And I am going to encourage you to lay off any exercise to let your muscle heal. If you try to exercise too soon, you risk making the injury worse than it already is. Take a few days off. When it starts feeling better, you can slowly ease back into your routine.
For now, you'll be fine. As long as you are mindful of what you eat, you will not gain any weight. When it comes to weight loss or weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise.
These things happen, you're going to be fine !
4/16/13 1:17 P
I pulled a muscle in my calf yesterday at the gym so today I am unable to workout. I was in the middle of my workout and was using my inner "Jillian Michaels" voice to push myself harder. Now I am barely able to walk. This is so disappointing.
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