Baby steps build big successes. Forget about where you were before you needed to interrupt or change the path of your journey and evaluate where you are right now. Your muscles have memories and will come back as long as you just simply get moving. Taking that first 10 minute work out with Coach Nichol or walking to the end of the street. The point is to just do and do it consistently. Gently move back into the marathon you! It won't take long and if you do it right, you'll stay healthy.
Make sure you have cleared returning to your workouts with your doctor or physical therapist. The muscles will burn again, but it's much better than being hurt and laid up again.
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Injury & illness can really get us down, especially if we're trying to get fit or stay fit. The old concept of "working through it" can be very damaging, possibly even permanently. We need to also listen to our bodies, get things checked out by the doctor/chiropractor/ physiotherapist if injury or illness persists, & then get their ok to continue with our plans. Patience is critical!
I've been not running for about a month, now, & just started back today. A little tiny jog, feeling good,
but had to be so careful to not over do it. Will see how the rest of today goes and will likely take tomorrow off for further recovery. :-) Recovery happens best while at rest - that was a life-changing discovery for me and maybe most of us who've been taught "no pain, no gain".
When you're sidelined by illness or injury during your journey to health, don't fall back into old habits. You've come too far and worked too hard to throw it all away! You may not be able to exercise for a while but you can still eat 5+ fruits/veggies, drink 8+ cups of water, sleep 7+ hours per night, continue positive self dialogue, stay with your healthy eating plan and use Spark People as support. While it can be depressing to sit at home, it doesn't have to be a disaster for your plan!
Exercise for those who can't. In the bad weather months, I do my exercise walking indoors through the hallways of the local hospital campus. Everyday I see people that do not have the ability to exercise due to injury, disablement, or illness. For those of us who can, let's not be lazy and get out there and exercise, not just for us, but for those who can't.
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