A healthy lifestyle is its own reward. But most of us like to assign goals to ourselves as we navigate the long and twisting (and often uphill) path to a healthier, happier version of ourselves. And that’s absolutely fine, goals are good. Goals keep us motivated and on track. Goals help us to keep the promises that we make to ourselves. They help us to track our progress and take pride in knowing that we’re better than we were yesterday and we’ll be even better tomorrow. Nonetheless, this can all be derailed when the unexpected comes along to put us in our place. When you’re injured at work, at play, on the street or in the gym it can not only cause us significant pain and distress, it can threaten to seriously derail our progress.
We can lapse into self pity and poor habits. We can become more reclusive and sedentary. While rest and recovery are essential, we can take it one step too far and punish our bodies by comfort eating and spending day after day on the sofa (which can actually impede our recovery- more on that later). Follow these tips, however, and you’ll maintain your fitness and ensure that your goals are not derailed by injury.
Stay positive in as many ways you can
Pain and suffering are, obviously, conditions that we, as humans are predisposed to avoid. But when we’re injured we can cloister ourselves away from the world which inevitably causes us to spiral into negativity. It behoves us, then, to stay positive in any way we can. Get an injury attorney and seek justice against the person whose negligence caused your injury. Get out and get active. See your friends as much as you can. Staying positive will go a long way to aid your recovery.
Exercise if it’s safe to do so
While your injury may preclude you from the gym for a while, consult your doctor and your personal trainer to see if you can still exercise without exacerbating your injury. If you can, it will be to your benefit to do so. It will keep your metabolism efficient, insulate you from the psychological damage of seeing your fitness deteriorate and the flood of endorphins and dopamine that come with exercise will be all important in maintaining that positive mindset.
Now, more than ever, it’s essential to eat right
While your every instinct may scream at you to order in pepperoni pizza and binge Orange is The New Black every night but this can be extremely counterproductive to your recovery. First of all pepperoni (along with all processed foods) has inflammatory properties that can actually impede your recovery rather than aiding it. If you want to heal fast, here’s what you should be eating.
Rest, the oft neglected ingredient!
Finally, although staying active is important, you must still be sure to get plenty of sleep and rest. Even otherwise healthy people often deprive themselves of the sleep that they need. It’s while you’re asleep that your body knits together broken bones and torn ligaments and so you will recover far quicker if you get at least 7-9 hours’ sleep a night.