Monday Motivation–Dealing with injury and staying motivated.
You probably already know that I have had to take some time off from running (if not read here) which means that I have had to get creative with my workouts. I have also had to work very hard to stay motivated so that I keep a strong base. I want to be in tip top shape when triathlon and race running kicks back up into high gear in the spring and summer. This week I have done a lot of thinking about ways to stay motivated when you are forced into a break due to injury or other circumstances. Here are some of my strategies and I am hoping that you will share some of yours with me too!
- Try a new workout–Join a yoga class or pilates class to work on strength, balance, flexibility and focus.
- Challenge yourself by trying something out of your comfort zone–I recently tried the climbing wall and loved the new challenge.
- Strengthen yourself in other ways–Try a meditation class to strengthen your mind.
- Get outdoors–If you can’t run, go for a hike or a walk, try snowshoeing or bike riding, get out on some cross country skis. The fresh air and vitamin D will invigorate you.
- Learn about your injury so that you can learn new exercises to help re-strengthen and re-balance. Being proactive will keep you positive.
- Go for a swim. If you are not a great swimmer, take a lesson. Swimming is low impact and your body will thank you!
- Connect with others who have had the same injury to learn new strategies for managing your injury.
- Choose and write down small goals for yourself. Progress when you are injured can be slow so setting smaller goals will help you to keep your motivation without getting discouraged.
- Enjoy your time off. Giving your body a break is not all bad. Get a massage to help relieve muscle tension.
- Read an inspirational book about running or sport to get inspired. (I just finished A Life Without Limits: A World Champions Journey by Chrissie Wellington)
How do you keep your motivation when you are injured? Do you have a favorite inspirational book or form of exercise that helps you to stay on track?
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