Many people get injured while exercising. Many people get injured when they are not exercising. It is very common to pull a muscle or to strain or sprain something. So what do you when injured? Should you work through the pain like your old high school coach told you to?Pain is your body’s self protective mechanism. It is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Listen to your body. get in touch with your body. If you learn to listen to you body then you will actually be able to avoid injuries; because you will be able to feel when things are tightening up, prior to them becoming injured. But when you are injured, that is a sign that you have to back off of your current exercise routine. If you do not back off then you will cause the issue to linger. If you try to push it and continue with your current exercise routine and don’t take any time off then you will cause the issue to linger, if not get worse. If you want to get back to 100% as quickly as possible, then back off while injured. The easier you take it the quicker you will heal. The quicker you heal the quicker you can get to exercising at 100%. So in general, if you are exercising and want to continue to do something while exercising, then decrease your workouts. Cut them in half. If you have hurt your low back, hips or knees, then cut down on your abdominal, hip, and leg exercises. Cut your cardio in half, 50% intensity and 50% duration of what you were doing prior to your injury. Also cut in half the weight lifting that you are doing for that injured area. But you should take the 1st one to two weeks off after injury depending on how severe the injury is. If you hurt your neck, shoulder or mid back, then back off of your upper body exercises such as chest, back and shoulders.Slowly as you start feeling better you can increase the intensity and duration of the workouts. It should take up to 4 or 6 weeks to get back into an exercise routine at 100% after an injury. And after a serious injury it can take even longer. But remember, take your time getting back into exercising. The easier you take it, slowly getting back into exercise, the quicker you will eventually get back into exercising at 100%.