Since breaking my wrist and getting my cast off, I’ve been slowly but surely getting back into my usual exercise routine.
Here’s what I’ve learnt about how to return to exercise after injury:
(from this injury and previous injuries I’ve had).
1. Start slowly
As tempting as it is to jump right in and go back to what you were doing before you were injured you need to start slow. If you go too quickly you can risk re injury and also risk your own motivation by trying to do too much too quickly.
I’ve been aiming to build back up to 6 workouts a week but so far I’ve been doing on average 4 and I’m ok with that.
2. Focus on what you can do
If you focus on what you can’t do instead of what you can do you may end up doing nothing.
At the moment although I no longer have my cast on my wrist is too weak to use a barbell and do heavy weights. Instead I’m focussed on building back up my running fitness and doing lighter weights because that’s what I can do.
3. Have fun with it
For exercise motivation to stick for me I’m always trying to think of ways to have more fun with it. Whether its getting new music for my playlist, trying a new routine or form of exercise or just forcing others to exercise with you – I make Nick go on walks with me all the time, lucky guy
4. Be patient
Similar to starting slowly you’ve got to be patient with your own strength and fitness when starting back. I know my first run back and even the other runs I’ve done since then have not felt one bit easy. I’ve been running 4km and feeling like I’m going to die and it has seemed sometimes like someone else must have run that half marathon last year instead of me. However I know that just like any other progress when it comes to fitness you’ve got to be patient.
5. Use your injury as motivation
Getting injured and being very limited in what I could do has made me appreciate so much more what I now can do again. I’m also using it as my motivation to eventually come back stronger than ever.
How have you come back to exercise after an injury or set back?
How was your weekend?
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