Injury is a word that no athlete or fitness enthusiast wants to hear. It can strike fear and panic into the hearts of many. The worst part: this problem can come in many forms and last for an unknown period of time. After an injury is confirmed, many thoughts may go through your mind, such as: “What if I lose my fitness ability and have to start over once I’m well? What if I gain weight? What if I have a nervous breakdown and ruin every relationship I have…?” (…Kidding on that last one?)
The first initial reaction of many may be to feel self pity, and that’s ok. Go ahead and throw a pity party, sit in front of the television and watch reality shows, indulge in some junk food. Yes, this is ok… but try to put a cap on the period of mope time. These feelings are very normal, but it is important to remember that at some point pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is necessary. Sometimes injuries can be a blessing in disguise and force you out of your comfort zone and into trying a different avenue of fitness to get in your calorie burn. You may find a new love for a different form of fitness you had not tried before.
Here are some tips to help you get through your injury:
- If you are injured and can’t participate in your favorite form of fitness, whatever it may be, first know that you are not alone. There are many people who would love to offer you support who have gone through injuries in the past.
- With permission from your doctor, try a new form of exercise. You never know, you may find a new favorite!
- Focus on getting better and trust in the healing process. Try to think of your rest period as an active thing. You aren’t doing “nothing”; you are actively getting better.
- Take your time off to do other things you never have time to do. Cook new recipes, catch up on your favorite TV shows, or finally have that lunch date with an old friend. It could be the break you need to reconnect with people or other activities in your life.
Remember, an injury is just a small bump in the road on your fitness journey. It can be tough to see beyond the bad and into the future, but the future can be bright if you believe in yourself and your ability to overcome!