Oh my, what a week it has been…
I have been called intense and driven and hardcore. Resting is not really a thing I do well. I do not sit still well. Needless to say my falls last weekend have been humbling; a stark reminder that the human body takes time to heal. As you can probably guess I have not just been sitting around. Recovery has been the name of the game.
I have been close friends with an icepack, a small throw pillow, and ibuprofen. I also saw my masseuse for my scheduled massage and he helped a lot with the swelling in my knee and agreed with my assessment that I landed on a tendon insertion in my knee. When you are working hard it is invaluable to have a couple professionals who help maintain your body in good working order. I budget it in and he’s worth every penny.
So as I said I have rested but not just sat around. What could I possibly have been doing with an injured hand and knee? Good question, let’s dig into it a little. I have done gentle active range of motion, moving my knee through the point of pain so I don’t lose mobility as it heals. I have done upper body work that didn’t involve having to grip anything or just worked my non-injured arm. I also have been using the Down Dog app (it’s free and super cool) to do restorative yoga with a focus on hip openers.
I have to be truthful… it has been a nice break, because I changed my attitude towards it. Normally I move through life with a purpose. I am driven to move. It’s something I can’t explain, but I can’t sit still for long. I feel the need to be doing something, anything really. Forced rest can be brutal or it can be what we make of it. This time I decided to make it a good step forward. To mentally accept that this week and probably the next couple will be easy-does-it and see how everything feels. I have accepted that ice is my friend and that the pillow helps enormously. I have soaked up the meditation aspect of the yoga I’ve been doing and realized I need and want to work more of it into my weekly routine.
When I talked about building lasting habits I talked about giving yourself grace. When you get injured you will have to give yourself some grace. You can’t just throw in the towel and walk away from everything you have accomplished because you have to modify your activities for a week or more. You find work arounds, you use different modalities than you usually use, and you consult professionals for even more ideas and help. Life will inevitably hurt you physically at some point, it’s how you handle that pain that makes all the difference. Letting it be an excuse to end your fitness and healthy lifestyle is not ok. Listening to your body and continuing to fuel it with real food and gentle activity is ok. This is what will help you come back stronger than ever. Life and fitness are full of ups and downs with grace and courage you will handle all of them and end up being strong forever.