Recovering from injury or illness doesn’t have to be hard!

Have you recently suffered from an injury or illness? Are you finding it hard to get back to your healthy, rockin self?

I can relate to how you might be feeling. I recently had back surgery (this past February). Prior to surgery, I was actively and consistently working out and feeling good about my body. After surgery, I had to take time off my exercise routine to heal. This was very hard for me. You could say my approach to working out is “go big or go home”. I have had this attitude about my exercise for as long as I can remember. I push myself to do the best I can at each work out to achieve the best results. Well, it was extremely difficult for me, emotionally, to accept that at least for a couple of months simple walking each day would be the extent of my post surgery workout routine. I felt a little sorry for myself, sad, and I guess a bit defeated. All that work I had done and now just walking?! That was a very hard reality for me. I actually found myself not really doing much movement/walking at all the first couple months. I adopted the idea that starting small wasn’t going to be effective. I was very wrong.

I had to accept that starting small after recovery was the foundation my body (and mind) needed to heal and get to the next level after my doc gave the green light to kick up my workouts from the daily walks. This was such a new approach for me. Once my pride and emotions got out of the way, I realized that the “go big or go home” approach would no longer serve me. It has also opened my eyes to new and exciting forms of exercise that I might not have tried before surgery because I felt they wouldn’t be intense enough.

Through my personal journey, I have learned that movement daily, any movement, is better than no movement.  You might even notice that you sleep better at night.  I know I do when I am active on a regular basis.  So if you are recovering and/or healing, just start small. You could park a little farther away from the entrance to the grocery, your home or your office. Take the stairs whenever possible (even if you start with taking the elevator partially to your floor…. You could get out a couple floors before and take the stairs the rest of the way) or take a 15-20 minute walk each day (I have noticed that a nice walk in nature is not only great for my body, but it’s energy for my mind and soul).

It doesn’t matter what type of movement/exercise you choose, just choose something and focus on being  consistent each week. Don’t forget to put it on your calendar.   This way,  you are sure to get it done just as you would if you were planning to attend a meeting or an event.  You could also partner up with a friend so that the two of you could cheer each other on and hold each other accountable to reach your goals.

What type of exercise would you like to try? What type have you wanted to try but haven’t been motivated to give it a go? Here is a fun list. What type(s) intrigue you?:

Aerobics, Ballet, Barre Class, Baseball, Basketball, Biking, Boating, BODY PUMP,  Boot Camp, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing, Circuit Training, Cross Country Skiing, Cross Training, Dancing, Eliptical Machine, Field Hockey,  Flag Football, Frisbee,  Golf, Hiking, Hockey, Hopscotch, Horseback Riding, Hula Hoop, Ice Skating, Interval Training, Jazzercise, Jiu-Jitsu, Jogging, Jumping Rope, Karate, Kettle Bells, Kick Boxing, Lifting Free Weights, Martial Arts, P90X , Ping-Pong, Pilates, Playing Catch, Plyometrics, Power Waking, Qigong, Racquetball, Resistance Training, Rock Climbing, Rollerblading, Roller Skating, Rowing, Rowing Machine, Running, Ski Machine, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Spinning, Squash, Stationary Bike, Stair Stepper, Strength Training, Swimming, Tae Bo, Tae Kwan Do, Tai Chi, Tennis, Trampoline, Treadmill, TRX, Volleyball, Walking, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Zumba Dance 

It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s simply that you start – and of course with your physician’s ok. Remember that starting small and taking those  baby steps is the foundation you need to begin your journey back to feeling healthy and well.

Get that beautiful bod moving!

Abby

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