Crossfit & HIIT Workouts Typically Mean More Injuries
More individuals who work out using HIIT exercises or Crossfit style exercises are finding themselves visiting sports injury doctors more often. In fact, injuries are so high that a 2013 study published in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that Crossfitters had higher rates of shoulder injuries than Olympic weightlifters. So should Crossfit and HIIT workouts be crossed off your to-do list? Not necessarily. Here’s why these two workouts lead to more injuries.
Group Classes Are A Double-Edged Sword
More of the Crossfit and HIIT workouts are becoming group classes. This is great in the sense that it gets more people motivated to workout. However, in a group setting, it is easier to be more competitive. No one wants to look like a weakling in class. However, this mindset is what is leading to more injuries.
Injury Happens When You Don’t Acclimatize to the Exercise
No matter what the workout, an individual needs to start off slowly. This is especially true for beginner exercisers and those taking on advanced work outs. You are putting your body at risk if you sit all day and then jump into one of these intense workouts. You are also putting yourself at risk if you try doing an intense workout without slowly getting use to it, warming up, or learning proper form. Some of the moves that are used in a Crossfit “workout of the day” should not be done by beginners or those untrained in proper form.
You don’t have to kiss your favorite Crossfit or HIIT workouts goodbye forever. You do need to listen to your body though. Forgo the extreme attitude of these types of workouts and leave your pride at the door. Who cares if you take it slow if you are still seeing great results? Slow results are better than permanent injuries.
What to Do When You Get Injured
No matter what type of exercise you do, there is always a chance of injury. The best thing to do when you get injured is to keep working out but to do a different exercise at a very low intensity. Therefore, if you get an injury during your HIIT workout, you should try a stretch class or yoga class instead. This will help you recover better than sitting on the couch.
Whatever workout you choose to do, remember to listen to your body. Come visit The Joint to incorporate regular wellness adjustments into your healthy lifestyle. Regular adjustments may help you prevent injuries and help your workout performance.