Staying Motivated While Injured

After reading the title of this blog, you may have guessed, I am injured and I am not thrilled about it! I have a KNOT in the arch of my foot from wearing improper shoes during this cold and wet weather season. I have been massaging, icing, heating and yes, I will be going to the doctor soon!

In the meantime, I am working hard to keep my endurance up and fitness level high! It is hard to stay motivated when you are injured, especially when you have worked so hard to get to reach your goal! Injuries can happen to the best of us and that is when you need to surround yourself around others who like to stay active! Sound crazy? No!

I know that most of crazy runners are spending a lot of time in the gym due to weather and we love to hang around the treadmills and elliptical machines with our favorite book or magazine. Have you ever considered taking a group fitness class? I know, I know . . . for some we are just fine doing our own “thang” but group fitness classes can be very fun and challenging at the same time! It changes the game and can really motivate you to get through your injury!

Gyms offer so many different classes from yoga, weight lifting and my favorite, spin classes. Let’s talk SPIN! Spin classes are a quick alternative to running. If you have a good instructor and work the resistance correctly on the bike, you will get a great workout and help maintain your endurance. Then there is yoga and pilates; talk about a fantastic way to keep your body flexible, maintain a strong core and relax your mind to help reduce everyday stresses.
Then there is my new love, group strength training. If you don’t have a regular partner to lift weights with, this group class is perfect! It works every muscle in your body, gets you strong and helps build muscle which you will need to run faster and more efficiently once you are injury free. Group instructors should be able to provide alternative to some of the exercises you may not be able to do due to injury. Just check in with them before the workout and then have fun!

Another way to stay motivated is getting your family and friends involved with your recovery. Now, I am not talking about having a bell by the bed side . . . yes, that sounds really nice but have them ride a bike with you, join a group training course or find a great fitness dvd you can do at home! Ease them into running during your recovery; it’s sneaky thing to do but they can thank you later! Keep the PEP in your STEP and don’t let an injury get you down! Let’s Go and Happy Running!
Posted on February 9, 2010 .