Injuries happen, and they totally stink, especially when exercise and fitness is tied to your sense of self. Injuries can sideline you for days or weeks causing you to go a little stir crazy as you watch your fitness goals and weight loss slip through your fingers. Just know you aren’t the only one and you won’t be the last to suffer through an injury on the sidelines. There are ways of working through the emotional upheaval of an injury, that will make it easier for you.
- Cultivate other interests.
Fitness and exercise are only part of who you are. Focus on hobbies not related to working out. Pick up a book and read, teach yourself to knit, or find something that will bring a smile to your face.
- Move through denial fast
It’s easy to want to ignore your injury and push through it. The problem with that strategy is that you’re more likely to make the injury worse and sideline yourself for a longer period of time. It’s better to seek help.
- Serious injuries bring a new normal, it’s time to adjust.
You have to adjust to long-term recovery periods. If your injury is serious enough, you may be sidelined for a month or perhaps a year. You will need to move the old goals to the side and find new ones. Be careful not to compare yourself to your friends , or look longingly at Instagram fitness photos.
- Consider Rehab training
The one thing committed exercisers are great at is following a program, and working the program. Apply that same work ethic to your rehab and you will see results, and feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Examine your priorities
A serious injury maybe a wake-up call; alerting you to other priorities. If working out is a true passion you’d like to keep for a lifetime, you may need to slow down, and adjust your training. Don’t be so hard core about it adjust your training for the long haul.
The next time you face an injury that sidelines you for a week or longer remember these tips and embrace the process. If you’d like to find a low impact program that can be done as you rehab, please message me at Seay.Stanford@gmail.com