This past year I have dealt with intense hip pain. I finally got it under control with the help of much research, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, holistic health professionals and specific exercises only to then develop plantar fasciitis. With all the challenges Covid has dealt our community and gym this was icing on the cake. Working out is my outlet. I have had to modify the way I work out. Instead of giving up, I did the exercises I could do and changed my workouts to more strength and body weight training and less cardio or impact.
One of the many things I am proud of about Arch Fitness is the way we can accommodate our members who have injuries. We encourage them to still come in. When you break your routine it is so much worse to get back on that horse. Here are some tips to stay focused during an injury:
- Stay positive! Everyone has injuries from time to time. We can’t let that stop us from being the best we can be at the time. The body is meant to heal and it will!
- Keep your workout routine as close as possible to what it was. Stay active in any way you can. Maybe you can’t run the 2 times per week you were, but instead do yoga or something else at that same time.
- Keep your nutrition in check. When we have slowed down we don’t need as many calories so forgo the extra bonus calories you would normally enjoy when working out.
- Ask for help! Ask your trainers,instructors, or physical therapists to give you modifications. Seek out a fitness professional to help you create a workout plan that will accommodate your injury.
- Lastly a reminder your body is meant to be healthy and heal. Your body wants to work. When you have an injury and don’t try to rehab it by pushing it (with a professional's advice of course) a bit to get it to heal then you could end up with very lasting consequences.