I haven't had the best health in the past year and a half. Last September I fractured my hip after training for a marathon; and once that healed, I developed 3 herniated discs and a pinched nerve. Needless to say my workout routines have been majorly affected. There have been times where I haven't been able to exercise at all, there have been times I've worked out despite my better intuition, and there have been times when I've been able to go to the gym and just do what I can.
I finally had a really good workout today, despite my back injuries, and I was really happy. I've come to a few realizations through this all, so I thought I'd publish what I've learned through this all:
1. Don't give up. I've come to terms that I will never run again and I may never be able to do impact exercises, like burpees (I'm not crying over that one!) but I still can be active in my own ways.
2. Listen to your body. If you have an injury your body will find ways to let you know what you can do and whether you should take time off. Listen. Its that simple.
3. If you're having a good day, don't over do it. End of story - unless you want to be bedridden again. If you have a good day enjoy it, take it slow, and hope it turns into more good days.
4. Be creative. Try new things. I've always hated swimming in public pools, but since my injury I've given aquafit a try. Its not my favourite, but it gets me active and is essentially painfree.
5. Stay active. The one thing that all of the doctors and specialists have insisted upon is that I stay active, whatever that may be. Some days I literally go to the gym and walk for 20 minutes then leave. It helps to do something, no matter how small.
6. Make time for stretching and abs. These are things I used to always skip if I was short on time (maybe helped lead to my injuries??), but now I always make time for them. I'm still working on being able to touch my knees, but day by day I'm getting there.
7. Drink lots of water and eat well. The importance of hydration and sound nutrition will become extremely apparent when you are injured. I can notice a huge difference in my pain level when I haven't been eating well or drinking enough water. So search through the blog and find some delicious recipes to keep your nourished!