Injuries and how to stay positive

Hopping on the Injury Roller Coaster… Again.

Physical activity is kind of like a best friend, and one that we never really appreciate until there are barriers that stop us from doing even just the simplest of things.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had copious amounts of energy – hence my mother’s decision to get me into a sport as soon as possible. I fell in love with gymnastics at the age of 7 and I am yet to let go entirely. I was addicted to the challenge, both mental and physical, and the feeling I got when I achieved something I never thought was possible. However, after 10 years of training and a few too many injuries, it was time to give it up. My body couldn’t hack it anymore.

It’s a frustrating thing when your mind wants to do something but your body physically struggles to keep up. It’s something that almost everyone will experience at one point or another but it’s important to focus on the things you CAN do, as opposed to the things you can’t.

 

I’ve had my fair share of injures/ limitations and they don’t have to be the end of the world. Injuries are a frustrating thing and I get that, as most of us do. Broken bones, stress fractures, pulled muscles, torn ligaments – you name it. There’s always bloody something, but that doesn’t mean you must stop moving. Yes, it may mean you are restricted, but there one million and one things you can still do rather than just chucking exercise in the ‘too-hard-basket’.

When we exercise, our body releases endorphin’s which make us feel better – it’s a fact and it’s our job as trainers to remind you that exercise really is your best friend. If shit’s hitting the fan, exercise, no matter how light or torturous (depending on your trainer!), can be a way for us to release our emotions and increase our overall happiness.

Injuries are as much mental as they are physical – like a roller coaster, if you will. They can go up and down, get better or worse, and our emotions and motivation can tend to mirror this pattern too. Sometimes it may even feel like you’ll never get of the damn ride. Recently, I had my ankle chopped open to fix some dodgy ligaments. This meant that I couldn’t do a whole lot with my leg for a decent amount of time (still getting there), and for a while I let it stop me. Before the surgery, I was determined to keep up my fitness, but two weeks of being in a cast and some crappy life occurrences later, I was in a bit of a hole and my positive attitude was taking a backseat while the negativity crept in. I was still working and motivating my clients every day but not practicing what I was preaching. My outlook on everything was fairly crap, I was angry and frustrated most of the time and I didn’t know how to fix it. Stupid really, because my answer to that was exercise – something my life revolves around. I am now getting back into the swing of things by dedicating time in my day to both injury rehabilitation and exercise, and making these a top priority – no excuses! Find out more about me here: http://www.activ8nz.co.nz/about-us/

Getting back into it and finding your groove again is the hardest part but the best thing you can do for yourself. When you are struggling with an injury it can sometimes feel like you take one step forward and two steps back, but remember that any progress, not matter how slow or small, is still progress. Keep listening to your body, keep positive and keep moving. Remember, you are not entitled to a fully working, injury-free body. You take what you get and do what you can with what you’ve got.

Hannah Russell.

To get motivated, book in for injury rehab or to have your own 1-1 PT with Hannah simply contact her here http://www.activ8nz.co.nz/contact/