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When You Have to Stop Working Out for a While

Exercising is so weird.  What I mean is, when you’re into it, you’re REALLY into it.  You feel great; you’re getting fit.  You work out literally as many hours as you realistically can.  You push yourself.  You become obsessed.  You crave working out.  The songs you work out to go through your head.  You seriously cannot understand why everyone doesn’t exercise all the time since it’s the BEST THING EVER.  You even feel slightly smug and superior to your sedentary coworkers.  And then, something happens that forces you to stop for a while—illness, injury, 14 hour days at work, family situations, moving, etc.  In my case, I got a hip/upper thigh injury 10 days ago.  And here’s the resulting process,  although I wouldn’t suggest using it as a guide:

  • Days 1-3: Denial. Continue working out until injury makes it hard to walk or go up stairs.
  • Day 4:  Psuedo Acceptance. Take one day off.
  • Day 5:  Pseudo Acceptance Part II. Work out attempting to avoid injury and fail miserably since basically, your entire body is connected to itself.
  • Days 6-7:  Rage and Despair.  Whyyyyyyyy can’t I work out? This is so unfair. This is wrong.  I’m going to turn to mush. I’m going to lose all my hard work.  I’m going to fall apart completely!  I didn’t work out for so long with no problems, and now that I want to, I caaaaan’t!  It’s sooooo unfaaaair!
  • Day 8:  Acceptance bordering on Apathy. What is that on the living room floor?  Oh, a weight I didn’t put back from last week.  It would be nice to work out again. Weights are heavy. Are my new earrings too heavy?  Oh look, Satya Jewelry is having a sale!
  • Day 9:  Actual Apathy bordering on Anxiety and Avoidance: Look at all those DVD’s I have.  I should do reviews of them. I am writing a blog about working out at home.  But my leg still kind of hurts so would I make it worse?  I don’t know. I’ll just try making some pumpkin muffins and see how that goes.
  • Day 10:  Dread and Avoidance.  I don’t feeeeeel like working out.  I don’t know, I just don’t feeeeeeel like it. I’m sure I won’t be as good as I was before and I’ll be discouraged.  Plus, I’m so busy!  I have so many things to do and so many responsibilities!   I haven’t read TMZ since yesterday!

So I think it’s the whole “a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest” situation.  It’s really hard to change a habit, either good or bad.  Still, I will tell you that cute workout clothes and cute workout clothes alone are what motivated me to try a light workout today.  Unfortunately, even knee lifts and any kind of stepping or kicking still aggravated the injury, so I just did some work for abs, back, chest, and arms.  I’m seeing a chiropractor  on Monday who specializes in sports injuries and I hope to get all taped up.  That really helped with a shoulder injury I once had.  I’d just hate to see what this progression would look like on day 30–let’s hope I heal before then!!

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  • Allison Roberts
    January 14, 2012

    LOL, these were my thoughts when I twisted my ankle a few years ago! I hope you get better soon.

    Here is a link to a Groupon deal for Shaun T’s Rockin Body workout, I don’t know if you have heard of Groupons or Shaun T but its a great deal! I just ordered mine today.

  • Workoutathome
    January 15, 2012

    Thanks for the tip, Allison! I’m on Groupon and missed this one, which is hard to believe since with this injury all I do is sit around eating chips and buying more workouts. That is a really good price. I was afraid when I saw the name Shaun T. of Insanity fame, but based on the youtube videos, these workouts look really fun. I wish Beachbody would show more of the actual workouts in their informercials! It’s hard to tell how much he actually teaches the moves, which I would definitely need. Still. . . I’ve been annoyed recently with workouts where they ignore the beat of the music, so maybe I should try some actual dancing. Uh oh, I feel a purchase coming on :)

  • Allison Roberts
    January 15, 2012

    Don’t be afraid of this one, it isn’t anything like Insanity. I think this one is geared more toward Beginner/Intermediate. Insanity is definitely advanced. I think it looks really fun! Yeah Beachbody doesn’t really give you a good since of their workouts in their infomercials maybe you could google this on You Tube and get a better insight of the workout

  • Allison Roberts
    January 15, 2012

    Oh nevermind you already did the You Tube thing! LOL

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