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Fitness and workout is a tricky affair after an injury. Ever had an injury and totally fell off your workout routine? You see it all the time where professional athletes have an injury in their sport. Some are career threatening and some are just sprains or broken bones.

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Whatever the injury is, it stops them from continuing their routines. They have to nurse their injury and refocus back into their workout routines.

Getting back into a workout routine after an injury is not easy.

Here are a few tips that can use to keep yourself focused or help you get back into that workout after your injury has healed 100 per cent.

Take it easy: Even if your doctor says you are ready to go, you may feel a little afraid to push it in the beginning, but one workout routine that you could do to lessen the strain on your injury is a water routine. You could find a local swimming pool and start using the resistance of the water to start redeveloping your strength and confidence in your healed injury.

Once you feel confident you can start doing activities out of the water. There are many different items you can use to help you along the way in the water to create more resistance and gain even more strength. The goal here is that you are lighter in the water and you will find it more enjoyable. You can then develop your confidence and start getting back to your old routine.

Monitor your workout: Keep track on a calendar how long you workout and how often. Remember you don’t have to exercise for an hour. All you need is 20 minutes or a half an hour a day. Also remember if you are really sore after your workout you are pushing yourself too hard.

Some people try pushing it right away and find it harder to work out more than before and start getting dejected.  If you slow your workout you’ll find that checking each day off gives you a rewarding feeling and is easier to keep up with your motivation.

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Find a motivator: Find yourself a friend who also would like to workout. This can help you in many ways. First if you are not confident because of your injury, she can help spot you so you don’t re-injure yourself. They can also provide you with the encouragement you need to keep up with the everyday or every other day routine.

One of the most important tips that anyone can give you is to just keep it up. Just do it! Workout for the amount of time you have. If you only have 20 minutes, stick to that. The bottom line is you have to just keep doing it no matter what.

Also do not be hard on yourself if you miss a day, just get back in the saddle again the next day. Keep new pictures and compare them with older ones to see the difference. You can also keep pictures of people working out or watch fitness programmes once or twice a day to motivate you. Also remember a simple long walk will break up a routine.

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