Exercise and Injury

By Kira O’Donnell

Have you ever found yourself with an injury and discouraged at the thought of putting your fitness plans on hold? Well I am here to tell you that you do not have to throw all of your hard work out the window when a physical ailment arises.

** I will preface the rest of this blog post by saying that you should speak with your doctor and get medical clearance before modifying your workouts if you are injured. **

Ok, so where was I?   Ah, yes, so you have found yourself in a nice routine and you are starting to see and feel results from all of the hard work you are putting in inside and outside of the gym and that’s when it happens. You get hurt and you can suddenly see your goals going down the drain.

I have seen many people use this as an excuse to give up BUT I have also seen a good deal of people use this as a motivator. If you find yourself in this situation I encourage you to be in the latter group…

Do what you can with what you have.

it all counts

Having an injury can leave you feeling down and discouraged so ask your doctor if there is any type of exercise that you CAN do. The endorphins that are released when you workout will hopefully help you keep a positive attitude and prevent you from losing your focus.

When our motto “Push until you can’t and rest until you can” is applied you will still be able to create an intensity that works for you.

Even if you find yourself resting more remember that it’s better than doing nothing.

So get creative, ask questions, and don’t count yourself out just yet.

make progress

As I am writing this post a couple of current Bikini Boot Camp sisters come to mind. They are nursing some physical ailments but they are not nursing them on the couch. They are nursing them by doing what they can. They have made modifications to get the most out of their 30 minute high intensity workout.

Just because you can’t sprint doesn’t mean you can’t do another exercise to get your heart rate up. Just because you can’t do overhead movements with your arms doesn’t mean you can’t still do the lower body portion and ask your trainer for a different upper body exercise.

I love it when someone comes up to me and says, “I can’t do this right now so what can I do instead?” To me this shows true dedication, commitment, and motivation!

Just another reason why I love the ladies I work with! 🙂