After I broke my wrist (thank you for your kind words), I did not do anything active for two full weeks. I was in pain and knew that my body needed down time in order to heal properly. But I also knew that there was no way that I would stop being active. No way.
I of course spoke with my doctors about what I should definitely not be doing (and urge you to do the same as I am NOT a doctor) but did want to share what worked for me to stay motivated to move my body in the ways that I could in order to make me feel good.
Focus on what you CAN do.
There are almost always alternative ways to exercise your body when faced with an injury. Bad knees from running? Perhaps cycling might work. Shoulder injury? Box jumps might do.
I knew that with this injury my focus would have to be my lower body (and maybe my left arm sometimes) and core so I then made a list of a bunch of exercises: air dyne, lunges, squats, pistols, core work, box jumps, step-ups one-armed kettlebell swings, deadlifts, presses – that’s what I could work with!
Sure these same things got a little boring but I varied the rep scheme, added some weight and strengthened these areas to the best of my ability.
Listen to your body.
At times I set out with a workout plan and it just didn’t feel good or quite “right” so I backed off and adjusted. Injury and injury recovery is certainly not a time to “push it.” As much as I wanted to sweat more and be more active, and you might want to, acknowledging the body’s cues is so important. It is just not worth risking worsening an injury (or creating another) just to do something for your ego.
Celebrate ALL of your improvements and achievements.
Increase your dumb-bell weight? Amazing. Do something a little faster? Awesome. Celebrate it all. Even the little things that would seem so insignificant without an injury.
Tying my shoes on my own was a celebration. Putting up my own hair was another celebration. Finally running on a treadmill with no pain was the greatest celebration!
Focus on yourself BUT surround yourself with others.
It’s not easy to look around and see other people doing stuff you wish you could be doing. But by focussing on your own workouts, achievements and goals coupled with the support of people around you truly makes a world of difference.
Wear workout gear that makes you feel awesome.
You guys already know that I am a confessed workout-clothes-a-holic. And when you are down is probably the most important time as any to wear clothes that fit and flatter you because they have the ability to make you feel confident and wonderful!
Here I chose a SuperDry Sport jacket and leggings with fun splashes of neon.
I can’t wait to ditch this splint to put both hands in the thumb holes!
Disclaimer: I was provided SuperDry Sport products free of charge. All opinions, as always, are my own.