How to Train with Injuries
This year has not been my year basically. For the past year, I have been hindered by injuries that prevent me from training and performing at the level that I desire. While attempting to recover, I got even more injuries. The only positive note that I can think of is that it has taught me to be agile and come up with other ways to still train such that I can manage the pain and was able to do many of the competitions this year regardless of the pain. In this article, I will share with you those steps that I took to stay mobile most of the year.
Of course, injuries are very specific for all individuals. However, if there is one thing I am sure of is that exercise is a must have for all hard working #careerlions. Not moving and sitting behind your desk all day is probably slowly ruining your body, as it is negative for your mental state. Therefore, what you want to do is get professional help to keep you going as much as you can. I recommend going to a sports physiotherapist that will help you work around these injuries and get better. Then you want to think in possibilities instead of all the things you can’t do. My current state is not too great to be honest, but there are enough possibilities to stay active and still train for the higher goal that you have in mind.
In my case, I have a compression syndrome in my lower legs that results in a lot of pain when exercising. However, there is enough pain in daily life as well. Even when you are sitting behind your desk or driving to work, while you are in a rest period. Now, I also have a toe joint that has decided to give up. As a result, they made me wobble around with a “walker” for over a month. Now, I am still building up wearing insoles to relieve the toe joint without this “block” that drags me down. Did I tell you about my snapping hip that is becoming more painful?
Now, what is it that I can do? Well one option is Netflix on the couch and become fat. The other option is to train my body in such a way that it is not harmful, but will help me get the strength and stamina that I need for dancing when everything has heeled properly. To get the strength such that before my operation I am back at my normal level, so that in the healing process I don’t have to start from an even lower base than today.
In my case options involve training my core. I suppose with many injuries in the lower body, training your core can be a great alternative. Most sports involve a strong core in anyway and there may not be anything stopping you from getting a six-pack. Apart from all the fat covering them as you are unable to give up candy like me that is. In the gym, there is a great variety of machines that allow you to do cardio without too much impact on your body. At the moment, I am trying out the rowing machine again and the bike. They allow me not to put pressure on my toe, while still reaching a heart rate of 180 on my new Fitbit. When I was not yet demobilized, I tried to avoid the major impacts in dancing. I practiced all of my routines, without doing all the jumps and craziness outside competition. All my work at the gym guaranteed that I was able to do them when it counted, but sparing me pain in the weeks coming up to the competitions.
Talk to a sports physiotherapist and see what options you have. Build a schedule and work around your injuries. There should be nothing stopping you from exercising to stay sane. What is your experience with injuries?