Unfortunately, injuries are part of training, and sooner or later you will occur some kind of injury. While I am still undergoing rehabilitation, there are moments of depression and mood swings I experience due to my injury and lack of running. How do I deal with them?
Here are my top 5 ways to cope with my running injury:
#1 Trying new workouts
Since I am no longer able to run, I was told to try different types of sport – from pilates, yoga, working out with weights and other low impact workouts that can help strengthen my body from head to toe while teaching new and fun ways to build strength, agility, breathing and balance. Just be careful and don’t over exert and compensate due to the injury, if not you will end up with new additional injuries like tennis elbow injury, stiff neck or more.
And… I can still train my abs! 🙂
#2 Cooking and baking
Since I stopped running I have had more time to cook and bake. I try new recipes and experiment with different ingredients. I make fresh juices each morning, bake fruit muffins and make delicious salads.
#3 Resting more
I definitely sleep much longer and rest more than I used to hoping I can recover much quicker! There is a great range of tips to get more sleep!
#4 Having fun with people I love
In order to kill time and distract myself, I go out more often and have a lot of fun with my friends, workmates and family. It always helps when I feel depressed!
#5 Studying hard
It is also a great idea to use your recovery time acquiring new skill. There is plenty of online courses nowadays to pick from. Not only you will come back stronger from injury but also with a new skill!
#6 Cooldown and stretch
After each training it is beneficial to cool down. Our body is warmed up so it is in the great state to do follow up the workout with home stretch routine or light home cardio exercises. Studies find that cool down routine help athletes to recover quicker and lowers the chances of injuries.