Throughout my fitness journey, I have had various injuries and aches. Shoulder, knee, lower back, ankles and even chest, because of poor form or pushing myself too hard. A lot of people recommend resistance bands for rehab, while others have said rest and ice down after every session. All good advice, but for me, the best remedy was continuing to move, no matter what kind of pain I was going through.
I put it this way to highlight all pain, not just physical. The reason is that mental, emotional and internal pain affects us just as bad as physical. Sometimes it is even worse and causes a retreat. We retreat inward and cease to keep going forward.
During times of pain, we retreat to avoid any additional stress. When this happens, we forget to take care of ourselves and refuse to do anything productive. Even when we are doing something productive, our mental and physical state rejects the notion.
This is understandable in the first moments, but after the train must keep going. Harsh, to put it this way, yet there is no better way to get the moment flowing again.
One of the best ways to keep going is working out. It serves as a healthy release of stress for the body and mind. Scientifically proven to provide a healthy state of mind, reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and much more. Working out does not mean spending an hour or more lifting heavyweights. Any form of movement for a prolonged period counts as a starting point until you can ramp things up.
That said, motivating yourself during this time is tough, but remember that you are doing this for your health. Furthermore, to push through the pain.
There is no need to spend time on situations that you have no control over. Going through emotional and physical pain is apart of life, but it is not supposed to hinder progress. Time waits for no one and we can’t get it back. Therefore, I urge you to use this post as a guide, idea starter or something to get you back into the swing of things.
Movement during this time is key not just to get through injuries, but to get through all types of pain you are experiencing, a way to prevent inward retreating and wasted time.
There will be a free pdf released on the blog this week, which serves as an intro to Intermittent fasting (IF). Please download, share, and reach out if you would like to get one on one coaching on this. There will be a nutrition one as well, in the coming weeks, we want to help you become the best version of yourself, mentally, physically and everything in between.