Because exercise is such an important part of losing weight & converting to a different lifestyle, don't put yourself in jeopardy by "minimizing" the affect of an injury. Whether it's a strained muscle, shin splints or something more, take the time to recover. After you have recovered, DO NOT go back to the level you were before your injury. Ease into exercise by starting lower than you were (I cut my running entirely and walked the distance, then jog-walked, then jogged and finally to running).
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read your body when injured. It soon lets you know if you're pushing it too far.
Recently i broke a rib and it halted various types of exercise for a while, even walking was painful initially. I just stayed pantient and did not push myself too far until i felt ready. After six weeks i am back to doing most of my original exercises.
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