Anyone interested in health and fitness knows that, besides lacking motivation, the worst thing that can happen to you is suffering and injury or experiencing an illness. Not only does it throw you completely off your game, but it also brings frustration, boredom, and the loss of a positive outlet that helps you live your life. In short, injury and illness are never good.
But, even if it feels there’s little you can do about it, such issues are not the end of the world, and there are ways for you to overcome such problems while still being bed bound or unable to muster the energy to move off the sofa. While it may not measure up to your regular workout, it’s something to keep you occupied during this time.
Identify the Problem
Identifying the problem is the first step you need to take if you want to stay fit even when under the weather. While some issues may be obvious, such as a broken leg or sprained ankle, other health issues may not be so apparent at first.
Inner discomfort could be a sign of infection, but you will still need to determine the cause of a yeast infection vs UTI, for example. Similarly, you may have underlying injuries that you didn’t know about, which could only manifest from overexertion.
Getting to the root cause of your problems is the only way you can ensure you take the next steps correctly.
Keep Up With Nutrition
You might not be able to work out, but that’s not an excuse to fall off the diet train. Keeping up with your nutrition will allow you to maintain a decent base of good health. Because of your injury or illness, you won’t be able to burn off the fats or other junk food that you may treat yourself to while you wallow in self-pity. Of course, it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, but don’t make a habit of it.
Excellent nutrition can also help to speed up your recovery. It can increase antibodies, help flush our infections or viruses and make you feel more energetic, even if you are unable to do anything with such energy.
Do What You Can
Some injuries and illnesses are more severe than others, so if you’re still able to do something, then make the most of it. There are plenty of exercises you can still do when injured, so feel free to check those out to get an idea of what you can explore.
Illnesses are a little different, as you may not have the energy to do anything. However, because you are not injured, you may still have working limbs. So even if you are confined to a bed or the sofa, there’s nothing wrong with using some free weights for a few minutes every day to keep your mind off how awful you feel.
Try Something New
You will have a lot of free time, so you may as well do something with this time while you recover. While it’s essential to keep your body fit, you should also keep your mind fit to ensure excellent mental clarity.
There is only so long you can watch Netflix for, and even books will lose their zest after you’ve gone through the entire Harry Potter series. With this in mind, try out something new, whether that’s painting, knitting, or finally getting to your kids’ video games so you can take them by surprise next time they offer you to have a go.
Ease Yourself Back In
Eventually, you will start to feel better. When this happens, though, you might be tempted to dive right back into your routine. Here’s the thing, though, your body is not ready for that yet, and doing so could lead to a severe injury that’s even worse than the original one.
Taking it slow will also help you get back into the groove. It will be frustrating that you can’t dive straight back in, but this will prove beneficial in the long run, so do what you can to hold back, and if you feel you can’t do something, then don’t push yourself too hard, at least at first.
Don’t Let Negativity Get You Down
It is always frustrating when you encounter an injury or illness, and this frustration will manifest as negative thoughts that will do nothing but swirl around in your head.
Such negative thoughts are no good for anybody, though. All they will do is foster resentment and put you in a terrible place mentally. You may lash out, you may lose all motivation, so it’s essential to try to keep as possible as you possibly can while you wait to recover.
Don’t Worry About Lost Progress
One of the first things people worry about when getting injured is that all the positive progress they have made will be lost. While muscle can decrease quickly, it is never as much as you think it is, especially if you stick to a healthy diet.
Worrying about lost progress won’t help things, though. Right now, as you’re in bed with an illness or injury, you will need to deal with it. If you struggle with this, remember that you managed to get to this point already, and you can do so again once you feel better.
Remember This Won’t Last Forever
There will be days where you feel like you will never recover from your issues, especially at first. But, like anything, it will not last forever, and there will be a day where you can get back to the gym or hit the streets for your daily runs.
If nothing else, knowing that it doesn’t last forever should give you the motivation you need to get better as quickly as possible. By focusing on the end goal, you should manage to keep a positive attitude and ensure you’re ready once the day finally comes.
Staying Fit and Staying Happy
Illness and injury have the potential to throw your fitness regime entirely off course. However, it is not the end of the world, and like most things in life, it will get better. By remembering to make use of these tips when you experience an injury or get struck down by illness, you will be able to stay positive and feel eager to get back to your workout once everything heals up.