Sunday, January 26, 2014

Injuries

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Just after Thanksgiving I injured my knee, and to this day it is still not fully healed. I start physical therapy tomorrow, as a matter of fact. But this post isn't to whine and complain about my own injury; this post is going to be about how to cope with an injury that prohibits you from exercising (in my case, running). So here are the methods I have used and am still using to cope with my knee injury:

  • Use the time to focus on other areas of your fitness. I have used the time that I haven't been running (or doing much of any cardio) to focus on my weight training. In fact, I have incorporated cardio into my weight routine through super sets.
  • Use the time to focus on eating well. Since I haven't been staying at the gym as long because I don't have to get in any cardio sessions, I have more time to prepare meals and such. I have experimented with a lot of different recipes and snacks, and it's been very refreshing.
  • Have a positive attitude! Throughout my time being injured, I have kept a positive attitude and always think forward to the future and know that I will be running when I get better. It really helps me feel better!
  • Practice mental health techniques. Since my injury I have taken up meditation. I'm not very good at it, but I'm working on that! So far, I can tell that it keeps me calmer and gives me a better mindset altogether. 
So, there you have it. I may be injured, but I'm not unable! Having an injury does suck, but it doesn't have to suck that much. So if you're injured, cheer up, buttercup!