How do you react to the ‘uncontrolable’?

I’m currently injured. Well I’m not injured as such, but due to burns on both my legs (don’t ask) which basically cover both my whole shins I can’t walk very far (progress, last week I could barely walk), do much training beyond a bit of upper body work, run or teach.

It’s super frustrating. Beyond those restrictions I also can’t have a bath or shower and am restricted to contorting myself to wash my hair and sink washes. Generally it’s made me feel rubbish.

I’m used to having quite a structured day and when you can’t do what you normally do and end up sat on the sofa more watching TV, with itchy legs and generally feeling rubbish it can make you feel a bit down. As it’s come as we start to come out of the seemingly never ending Lockdown period of he last 18 months it feels even more frustrating.

All I’ve been able to do is adjust my expectations of myself.

So I’ve aimed to walk around 5,000 steps a day, just about doable at the moment but way off my normal 20,000-30,000 steps a day.

I’ve trained a couple of times, focusing on upper body and using machines I can sit down on plus the reclining bike to move the legs.

I’ve increased my protein intake dramatically to assist the burn healing process. Focusing on eating a varied diet rather than restricting my calories even though I’m moving way less.

I’ve tried to get 8 hours sleep, hard because my god my legs itch, but I’ve slept as much as possible.

I’ve drank at least 3 litres of water a day, aiming for 4 litre. My body is dehyrated anyway and it’s been warm.

I’m not where I want to be and I don’t feel great but I’ve made the positive steps I need to in order to help myself feel a bit better and not go completely crazy.

Hoping next week the dressings can come off and then I can start to build up my movement and start to get myself back to where I’d like to be but in the mean time I’ll just focus on the small things I can do as I can’ do anything about the things I can’t do right now.

Man Down!

I’ve picked up an injury.  Well of sorts, I think its more over use as I have been doing a lot more running / cardio classes with gyms closed and my knee (which isn’t without issue at the best of time) and hip are feeling it.

Here’s the weird thing though. I can rest.

Do I want to rest? No.  I’ve not trained since Tuesday and I’m itching, training is as mcuh something I do for my mental health as physical health.

But because I am not teaching I can rest.  Under normal circumstances resting for me would be only teaching classes which would still equate to around nine hours exercise a week.  Looking at it you can see why instructors struggle to get rid of persistent niggles!

There have been many negatives about gyms being closed but the one positive it has bought me is the importance of rest, and not my weird instructor concept of rest but actual proper recovery, the sort I would advise others take.

This is something I want to take with me when I’m back to training in gyms when they reopen.  I’m curious if anyone else has learnt anything fitness wise they want to remember?

Injuries Suck

I’m currently injured.

I’ve done something to my knee- not really sure what, I need to go get checked out but haven’t been able to yet.  Work keeps getting in the way!

A few weeks ago my knee felt tight when I squated.  My quad also felt tight so I told myself I needed to stretch more.

What I did instead was continue to train and teach.  As my knee got tighter ad tighter I kept teaching on it until one day I woke up and couldn’t actually bend the knee at all.

I spent a week getting cover and teaching spin classes off the bike.

I went back to teaching not really feeling 100% better.

Two spins, a Body Pump, HIIT and Body Combat later and I accepted I probably need to rest it until it’s actually better, not just a bit better.

I think we are all guilty of this some times.

Not listening to our body, thinking it will be OK if we just push through.

Often it isn’t.

This isn’t rocket science.

I currently feel quite sorry for myself, but I also haven’t helped myself because I haven’t looked after my body as well as I could have.  I eat well, I train.  But looking after your body goes beyond that – sometimes you have to stop.

I’m sticking to a bit of upper body to stop me going crazy (for me training is a mental release as well as a physical thing).  If you see me doing anything more than this in the next few days you have my permission to tell me off!