We’ve all been there. You’re making great gains in your
fitness program when—WHAM!—you sprain
your ankle, tweak your hamstring, or do something (you’re not quite sure what
exactly) to your shoulder. Now you feel like your progress will come to a
screeching halt and you’re feeling down in the dumps because you won’t be
getting that endorphin rush from exercise.
Stay strong, Warriors. You don’t always have to sit on the
sidelines when you’ve got a routine injury.
As someone who has black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo karate, you can bet I’ve experienced my share of bruises and muscle strains. But I don’t let them hold me back completely. Just like in life, you need to find ways to work around any nagging physical issues and SHOW UP!
If you’ve read my book, The Brain Warrior’s Way, you know that engaging in smart exercise is one of the seven daily habits and routines of Brain Warriors. But how do you keep it up when you’ve been smacked down?
So you sprained your ankle and can’t do your favorite dance
class at the gym? Switch it up and ride the stationary bike or use the rowing
machine until you’re back on your feet. Hurt your wrist playing tennis? Try
taking brisk walks or hiking while your wrist is on the mend. Pulled a muscle
in your back? Do some gentle stretching and strolling just to help get your
blood flowing. You may feel a little discomfort and that’s okay, but if you
experience a lot of pain ease off on the activity.
After you’ve rehabbed your injury and are ready to return to
your favorite activities, don’t overdo it. Ease back into it to prevent
For more tips on exercise, check out my #WorkoutWednesday posts on my Facebook page at TanaAmenBSNRN.
Read about one Warrior’s journey dealing with severe injury here.