No matter what our individual journey, we are all going to hit snags and bumps along the way. Nothing worth having is ever easy right?! Right! If you are trying training for competition or just working out on a daily basis, your body is constantly being pushed and there is always a risk for injury. An injury has to be the worst thing for any athlete! You feel hopeless! As frustrating as it may be, it is always important to listen to your doctor, and your own body. However, you don’t need to sit around on your couch and feel sorry for yourself! There ways to cope with an injury situation so you don’t go absolutely crazy!
- Do what exercise you can. You can‘t put pressure on your ankle because of an annoying sprain. So skip cardio and lower-body exercises and work your arms. You can also still do ab work too. Or if you’ve injured your arm or chest or whatnot, strength train your legs. Work what areas you can, just don’t over due it. You may be frustrated with your limitations now, but over doing it will only pose further risk for injury and an even longer recovery!
- You can always stretch. I know it’s not a hard-core workout, but when you can’t do anything else it’ll at least keep you limber. Besides, plenty of injuries use stretching in the recovery process.
- Resist the temptation to pig out on junk. When you’re injured your probably either: pretty angry about it, or completely depressed. And chocolate and cupcakes and gooey nachos start looking really good. So go ahead and give in after you get the bad news. But after that, get back to your healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, which may aid your body in recovery.
- Be realistic. If you aim to be back to normal in a week, you’re going to be sorely disappointed when it takes three or four. Here’s the thing guys: Every body heals differently. Don’t measure your progress based on how long other people took to recover. No matter how frustrating it may be to cope with an injury while wanting to be active, remember that it takes time to heal. Do not attempt to perform any exercises that may prolong the healing process or lead to re-injury. Avoid doing more than you can safely do.
- Stop torturing yourself. Now that your injured and restricted in seems like everyone around you is doing what you wish you could be, right? Listening, and watching others live your dream while you’re stuck doing leg raises in physical therapy, or sitting on your couch, can make you even crazier. If reading certain blogs or websites or magazines make you depressed or angry, just stop. I guarantee they’ll be there when you’re better.