Monday, January 1, 2018

What happens when you get injured

Everything was going so well. You were on point with nutrition and your workouts were going flawlessly - until you got injured. A pulled hamstring or worse can derail the best of goals and intentions.

So what do you do now?

There are two options: (1) throw in the towel and go back to your old ways of eating and not exercising, or (2) modify your approach.

In an effort to up my running game, I joined a running club late this fall. Like-minded people, scheduled runs - it was like a grown up cross country team. Perfect! What wasn't perfect was pulling my hamstring during a 5K holiday lights fun run in early December. Definitely nothing fun about that! Each run in the following days just didn't feel right and I could not figure out why I was in pain.

Here are some steps to take if you find yourself in a similar situation:

  1. Consult a medical professional to assess if it is a minor injury that will have you on the bench for a few weeks or if it is more serious.
  2. Maintain your routine. If you are still able to do other types of physical activity, substitute those for activities that aggravate your injury, which leads to point three...
  3. Modify your workouts. Let's use the hamstring example for simplicity. Running hurt, but short walks, upper body and ab workouts did not. Find ways to move your body that strengthen it without bothering the injured area. Your doctor or a personal trainer can give you some tips on this if you are not sure what you can do.
  4. Continue your nutrition plan. An injury does not have to derail your fitness goals. Nutrition is a major component in the equation. Continue meal planning and eat healthy, nutritious meals. You will feel better.
  5. Start slow. When you get the all clear to start again when your injury heals, start slow. Do not attempt a six mile run on the first day back. This part takes some restraint, but you will thank yourself later

Keep moral high and prevent your mindset from assuming the worst, even if the diagnosis is not good. Find new methods to achieve your goals in the meantime. You might even find new cross training activities you enjoy.

For more weight loss advice, check out these other posts:
Planning for weight loss
The secret to weight loss
10 Healthy Recipes


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