An injury can feel like a major setback if you’ve been training hard and are on the path to achieving your goals. Furthermore, being ordered by your doctor to cease physical exercise can result in feelings of hopelessness and depression; after all, it took a lot to create and maintain your routine! Thankfully, there are various ways to get back to your fitness gains. Here are some tips for coming back stronger post-injury.
Take it Slowly
Although this can feel tedious and ultimately unsatisfying, crucial to recovery is taking it slow. Often when people get the okay from the doctor, they try to get right back into where they left off. Although this can be tempting, it is actually counterproductive. If you try to do too much after being injured, you risk getting injured again or simply being more setback than you already were. Unfortunately your body is not where it was, but thankfully, it takes a long period of inactivity for us to lose a significant amount of muscle mass. Start with small workouts that are within your comfort level. Muscle memory will guide you, and sooner than you know it, you’ll be back to it.
Set New Goals
During the recovery process, it’s important to focus on the present. Disregard your old goals- if you don’t, you’ll quickly realize that you are not up to it. Although it can be painful and upsetting, the only way to build up your strength is by setting new goals that are within your reach. In order to get back on your fitness journey, you need to rebuild your body as well as your motivation.
Maintaining a positive attitude can speed up your recovery process immensely. Research shows that the degree to which you have a positive attitude has a direct relationship to injury recovery speed. This is likely because stress and feelings of negativity such as depression and hopelessness often manifest in the body; thus, they likely slow down the recovery process. Although it can be difficult to cultivate positivity through your recovery, you can try small strategies such as rewarding yourself, changing your music playlists, or working out with a partner.
Follow a Healthy Diet
When you get injured, your body becomes inflamed. In order to restore the natural order in your body, it is important to fill yourself with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals which will help rebuild your muscles. Unsurprisingly, your diet plays a large role in recovery. Moreover, some of the best recovery foods that will improve and speed up the process are proteins, good fats, and tons of fruits and vegetables. A great way to guide yourself is to try incorporating superfood meals into your day.
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