This past summer I certainly learned a thing or two about injuries after breaking my foot. By no means am I an expert but if I could go back and give myself five pieces of advice here is what they would be:
1. Give yourself an absolute maximum of 72 hours to feel bad for yourself. Injuries are THE WORST but they aren't forever unless you allow them to be! Let it go and focus on the positive. Recovery is 99% a mental battle.Take a look at the world around you, there are people that are permanently in wheel chairs with life-long chronic conditions. Luckily, you just have an acute sports injury. It will get better and you will be stronger for it.
2. Stop working out. Your body needs rest and if you push it when you're down you will likely only dig yourself deeper into the tunnel of injury. Before I broke my foot I used to workout for at least two hours a day. I then took 7 weeks off completely – like completely as in I didn't even touch my toes once! At first it was horrible – I was grumpy and snappy but then it became ok. It has been five weeks since I've been back at it and I'm feeling stronger than ever. Your body will bounce back – especially if you have a great base.
3. Take the time to focus on your nutrition. Diet is E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. BAHHHHHHHH wish it weren't so!!! The truth is you can get your body to at least an 8/10 on diet alone … exercise is just the magical cherry on top. Scale back your portions and get your greens in.
4. Go to physio and actually DO the exercises. One of the best pieces of advice I got from my physio was to avoid walking with a limp at all costs.
5. Keep taking risks once you're recovered. I am still a total workout fun seeker. It is important to keep pushing yourself after an injury happens. I never think of my left foot as my "bad foot" it's just my foot now. Don't give yourself a lifelong excuse, injuries do not define you. It's up to you to define them.
Have you ever wondered how strong your bum is?! Well here is your chance to find out!
Give this move a go to test your pelvic + core stability and your gluts strength!! Thank you to Kathryn Budig from Yogaglo for showing me this one. I absolutely LOVE it!
Pick your foot off the floor an inch. Think of sucking your leg up into your hip. If this is as far as you get today that is awesome! Even just trying to get your toes off the ground could be a lot of work at first. It will take time but progress is only guaranteed with practice!
Begin lifting you leg by engaging your gluts. Instead of lift think REACH your foot away from your body. This is the key guys! Try not to "dump" into your opposite hip try to keep it stacked on top of your planted foot. Do not let your leg go behind your body at all keep your foot heels lined up with each other.
Try 10 reps here.
Go all the way! The goal is to try to get your leg parallel to the floor. If you're up here then YAYA you've got the gluteus of a gold medallist!!
Try for another 10 reps at the top then change legs and repeat entire process on the other glute!
Now go shake them on a dance floor this weekend! Have a great one!!
I just have a bad habit of quickly dirtying white things! When I received this awesome coat from Mountain Hardwear I was initially scared that the white wouldn't last long with me as an owner. I have put this coat to the test this summer and it's as white as the very first day I wore it.
The long length is great for biking (nothing worse than a wet bike bum) and it keeps me VERY dry.