If you train long enough it’s not a matter of if you will get injured it’s when. Repetitive overuse injuries are common and so is the frustration that often accompanies it. My invitation today is five tips for mentally getting through the initial frustration of an exercise injury and coming back stronger then ever.
1) Accept that you have an injury and adapt and adjust your plan of action. Pretending you don’t have an issue and training through it does not serve you mentally and will prolong the injury. I invite you to accept where you are and adapt and adjust your exercise plan accordingly.
2) Focus on what you CAN do. When a door closes a window of opportunity is often left open. Focusing on what you can do puts you in a position of strength and ignites your creativity and resourcefulness.
3) Stay positive. Where focus goes energy flows. Staying positive supports healing and your mental frame of mind.
4) Understand the root of your injury. Many overuse injuries have to do with muscle imbalances. Seek out experts who can help you heal your current symptoms, and also put together a plan for strengthening weak areas of your body.
5) Have faith. Your body is hardwired to heal. Have faith that this too shall pass and the courage to give your body the time it needs. You will be back out there soon enough, stronger and more fired up then ever!
Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach and author. Check out his blog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com