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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredIt's important to learn how to avoid exercise-related injuries, and what to do if you get one. For example, just because you pull a muscle doesn't mean you should stop exercising altogether. By staying in shape, you are more likely to avoid future injuries. Just lay off the sore muscle for a while. Try a different exercise that doesn't stress the pulled muscle. For example, if you injure a muscle in your leg, consider swimming, relying mainly on your arms to do the work. Or, use a rowing machine. If your ankles or knees ache, try something with no impact, such as a cross-country ski machine, an elliptical exercise machine, or a stationary bicycle. If your aerobics class has you hurting, consider taking a water aerobics class; you'll get the same workout with none of the impact.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredIt depends on the severity of the injury and to what area of the body it happened. Some injuries to the upper body will not affect your ability to exercise your core and lower body, and vice versa. If you want to continue exercising during your recovery consult your physician first to make sure you’re healthy enough to exercise and what if any movements you might need to avoid.