Nine days ago I hit my head and got a concussion. It’s not the first time. Unfortunately for me, I don’t use my head appropriately, and this is the fifth or sixth concussion I‘ve had in my life. Plus, I’m 46 years old and I don’t bounce back as quickly as I used to. It seems like whenever I really hit my groove of working out and feeling awesome, I either get sick or hurt, and then I just want to curl up in the fetal position and eat cookies all day and night.
The good news is there are a lot of injuries and sicknesses you can train around. The general rule is if you have a fever, you should take the day off. But if you have a cold with no fever, you can most likely go ahead and work out. Just dial down the intensity and listen to your body. (DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a doctor and you should always follow her or his advice if it differs from mine.)
With upper body injuries, you can still do legs, cardio, and abs as normal. In the case of lower body injuries, you’ve got chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs. If you’re cleared to walk or ride a bike, do it! It might not be the intensity you prefer, but it’s better than nothing. You will find your mood is so much better if you just do SOMETHING.
And then there are times when you really can’t do ANYTHING but rest. In these cases you just have to be patient. I know, I know, that’s easier said than done. Keep in mind the things you DO have control over...yes, I’m talking about your diet. Eating healthy will keep you from gaining weight while you’re laid up AND help your body repair faster.
While you’re resting, try to frame your thoughts to appreciate the slower pace of life. You have more time to devote to meditation and journaling, talking to friends and family, reading...all things that will keep you sane until you can get back to crushing it again!
What are your best tips for getting through an injury? Leave me a comment...I’d love to hear from you!