That injury or illness can be overwhelming especially if it disrupts your daily workout routine. Life happens and sometimes we get injured from every day activities or sports and we have to take time off due to a surgery, or heal the injury. How do we keep motivated when our bodies need to recover?
The most important thing to remember within any given injury is maintaining a positive attitude. If you mentally give up and think that you will never return to your regular workout routine, then your physical progression will surely come to a halt. Here are some tips to help you come back stronger than before your injury.
You’re injured so accept it! From this point on depending on your injury, you are very limited to what you can do physically to nothing at all. If you can’t run, then work on your upper body strength, get in the pool and do some laps or pool run, or simply jump on an indoor bike. If you’ve broken your arm, take a walk, get on a recumbent bike, or go for a hike. If you’re limited to non-physical activities, then this is where you need to dig deep to keep you motivated through a temporary situation.
Generally inspiration comes from other people when you can’t find it yourself. You can visit some great blog sites to see other people’s success stories and what has worked for them and adapt it to your situation. Social media has come a far way and you can find facebook pages or tweet chats on topics that either relate to your injury or condition. Take this time to catch up some reading that you would normally not have time to do or complete a task that you’ve put off for a long time. Write down a daily inspirational quote and keep it with you to remind you what you have to look forward to when you return to activity.
Find your support network in the real world with either your family or friends, online, or both. Going through an injury especially if you just started working out can be stressful and frustrating but it’s not the end of the world. You are in a temporary situation and your support network will help you through it. If you are working with a physiotherapist to aid in your recovery, share how you are feeling and they might have some great suggestions for you.
A good idea is to keep a daily journal of your thoughts and if you’ve been provided with a start date to go back to your regular routine, shift your focus on that date. A journal will help you get out your frustrations by writing them down if you’re not good at sharing your feelings with others. It’s hard to accomplish something on your own so lean on the people around you.
Focus on the Benefits, Not the Difficulties
If you can still workout some of your muscle groups, then focus on that. Sometimes we fall short in some areas of our body and neglect them. An injury can be a good time to focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.
Do you have a muscle imbalance? This is a good time to maybe get some helpful information from a Certified Personal Trainer who can assist you with some ideas on how to increase strength in some areas of your body. If you were injured from over-training, it might be time to shake things up and try out some new activities. It’s great to do activities we enjoy but when we risk or get an injury from using the same muscle groups or activities too much, it can lead to an unwanted injury. Again, speak with a trainer to assist you with ideas on how to change up your routine or even try a new activity to prevent future problems occurring. You never know, you might enjoy it!
Create a Goal
Injuries can help you take inventory of what you have accomplished to set new goals. Set one goal for yourself when you’re ready to return to working out and post it at home, in your office, or carry it around with you on a piece of paper. It helps if you keep this goal in several places such as your desktop or refrigerator to keep the excitement of your goal moving forward. This is your daily reminder that you CAN accomplish your goal after returning from an injury.
If you start to lose your motivation, go back to the goal and use it as your mantra and you will find that it will inspire you. Share your goals with other people to get their feedback and perspective and you will find it to be a source of inspiration. Goals are essential in all aspects of our life so move forward thinking about what you want to achieve physically.
Shift Your Focus – Positive Mindset
How many times do we think about negative ideas all day long? Learn to create what you want instead of what is. Along those lines, it’s important to start monitoring your thoughts daily. Recognize any negative self-talk that will cause you to start working out again. Don’t focus on the injury but instead how great it will feel once you start your normal workout routine again. Shift your focus from thinking about how many days, weeks, or months you have to recover and instead how great your body will feel from head to toe when you return. You will notice how quickly you will recover without thinking about it and you will be energized every day.
Surround yourself with positive people who will help keep your focus and mindset positive and you will be well on your way.