9 Ways To Get Moving Again After A Muscle Strain

As an overweight person who trains regularly, I’ve pulled a lot of muscles over the years. Here are the ones I’ve encountered and what I did to keep moving.

Sean McBride

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Man standing hands on hips. Ready to do the hula hoop.
Gentle stretches are a way to ease back into exercise. All pictures courtesy Of The author.

For those of you following this series called Worth Your Weight In Gold, there was an article mentioned called, It’s A Stretch But You Can Do It. The article is all about different stretches that you can work into a regular routine to keep you agile as you chase your dreams. This has already been published by me in Medium and you can read it here Stretches That Got Me Moving Again After Chronic Back Pain. If you want to continue with the series, welcome to the latest article about how to get back into training after you have pulled a muscle.

WARNING: Advice on these pages is taken from my own personal experience and do not constitute professional advice. Everyone’s experience and ability are different as is everyone’s treatment for, and recovery from, an injury. If you experience an injury during a sports activity, please seek professional medical advice before proceeding to treatment or commencing training. Before starting on any new physical activity, it is a good idea to consult a doctor. It may also be beneficial to work with a Coach or a Guide to develop the necessary skills to support such activity.

I was in the middle of the road, crossing it on the walk back to my work after the lunchtime Gym Session when I collapsed. A sudden sharp pain burned across my lower back, and I suddenly couldn’t stand up. I lurched towards a nearby lamp post and hugged it to stay upright until someone from a delivery van stopped to help.

On that occasion the Doctor concluded that I had overworked my upper body in the gym which had weakened my stomach muscles. This put extra strain on my back trying to keep me upright and the muscles in the lower back pulled up. With minor pain killers and rest I was up and about again in a week. Over the years I’ve had to deal with pulled calves and hamstrings, steadily weakening knees and, yes, lots of other episodes of lower back pain.

The root cause is often the same. Training whilst being overweight. I’ve learnt to accept these as a hazard of my passion. What…

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Sean McBride

I am an Adventure Travel Writer who provides the inspiration to help people live their finest moments through adventures https://travel-writer.uk