One of, if not the worst things that can happen for the health nuts among us is succumbing to injury or illness that throws your entire routine into a spin. However much progress you might have made will immediately seem like a lost cause, and what’s worse, finding the motivation and energy to get back on the bike or track or machine can be a challenge.
But as much as it might seem like a long and arduous journey back to full health, it is not the end of your life as you know it. Everybody experiences some kind of setback during their quest for a better, healthier life and so merely knowing what to do to when things don’t go your way is essential to overcome any hardship.
KNOWING YOUR LIMITS
You might want to act like you have not missed a beat during your time away from your routine. However, whether you are recovering from illness or injury, it is crucial to know your limits and not overdo anything that could cause further complications.
Putting too much strain and effort on your body after just recovering from any issues has the potential to make everything even worse. In the case of injury, some muscles might not be entirely healed and therefore run the risk of being torn all over again. When it comes to illness, your immune system will have to work extra hard to fight off any lingering issues, so keeping this as strong as possible by saving energy will avoid further recurrences.
This is applicable both before, during, and after your workout. If you need to double check, then see the doctor to give you the green light to get back to your routine before even putting on those gym socks.
Furthermore, during your workout, it is essential that you monitor yourself for any signs that might indicate problems. You will naturally not be able to push yourself as you did before, so when feeling any exhaustion or dizziness ensure that you stop to prevent any problems. If this feeling persists after your workout, then take a couple more days off to fully recover.
BE SOUND OF MIND TO HELP THE BODY
Post-injury or illness blues is something that can wreak havoc on your motivation for getting back out there. The knowledge that you have lost a whole ton of progress might give you that little voice in the back of your head telling you to just quit. It is essential that you ignore this voice.
This is particularly true if you have suffered an injury due to medical malpractice. Your confidence might be shot; you might still be feeling the psychological effects of such mistakes. However, believing in yourself and understanding these things will take time will allow you to start building up your strength and fitness yet again.
All of your hard work will not be for nothing as long as you approach your workout in a way that does not cause you further damage, and you will be back up to speed before you know it. Understanding that we take time to heal even if we might feel excellent will save you further issues later down the line.