How to Stay on Track with Fitness When an Injury Sidelines You
by Rochelle Griffin
Two weeks ago today, I injured myself. My hubby left a few days prior for military duty and we had moved into our new home 3 days before that. I took the dogs outside early in the morning before it was light, stepped off the unfamiliar back porch right into an unseen hole, rolled my right ankle, and was down for the count. It literally took my breath away.
Because I was a single parent in that moment, however, I couldn’t sit around.
For the first day, I stayed off of my ankle as much as possible but after that, well…life continues and I had to do what I had to do, even if I was hobbling.
This past weekend, with my hubby back home for 2 days, I finally decided to go to the emergency physician clinic because my ankle was still swollen and painful. (Yes, it did take me 2 weeks to go…you know, nurses are sometimes the worst patients. #justsaying.) Thankfully, 3 x-rays and 1 physician exam later, I found out that I truly only had a bad sprain, not a fracture. Amen to that.
Ask me if I’ve worked out in the past 2 weeks. The answer is Nope. Seriously, how could I have? I’ve been doing my best to simply get from the kitchen to the living room.
Here’s the thing…life is going to happen. How do we stay on track with our fitness when injury occurs? I have 4 tips to keep us moving forward as we heal:
1. Most importantly we must listen to our body. We need to allow ourselves to heal and get stronger. Sometimes rest is the best thing for us. No guilt allowed.
2. Find an alternate exercise if appropriate. I only want you to do this if it’s truly an option. Can you possibly ride a bike or swim instead of higher impact cardio? Perhaps Pilates or stretching is a good choice. Again, refer to #1 before moving forward with exercise and consult your physician.
3. If exercising during recovery isn’t an option, pay very close attention to your nutrition during this time. You won’t be as active, so you won’t need as many calories that you’re accustomed to. Be sure to make healthy choices as well.
4. Take this time to detox your body. While detoxing, it’s encouraged that you don’t workout so your body can truly cleanse itself. This may be the perfect time. As you are healing, ridding your body of toxins using the Ultimate Reset will be extremely beneficial. My only red-flag with this tip: if you are taking medications to help with healing, detoxing at the same time is counter-productive. Hang tight until you are off the meds.
During this time it is imperative to focus on your recovery. If you gain a few pounds, no worries. Seriously. Who cares? Heal your body and heal well, then you can focus on getting back to where you want it to be. Don’t push yourself too soon as you can injure yourself further. I’m hoping to be back to working out this week, but I’m referring back to tip #1 myself. Be smart and remember, always lean on the side of safety.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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