Sarah Coleman: Bounce Back, Baby Bounce
November 24, 2015
Steamboat Springs — It happens to the best of us. Yes, even you. One minute you are flying down the hill, and the next you are on the way to the hospital. That dreaded injury has arrived. Here are a few survival tips for enduring an injury, whether it's your first or your last. If you follow these very precise and practical steps, I promise, you will bounce back quicker and stronger, mentally and physically. In the meantime, you may learn a thing or two.
Step 1: Bodywork
Step 1 is the most important step of all. Make sure you get all the bodywork you can to help the injury heal rapidly. This means using ice and/or heat, visiting your friendly physical therapist and using special ointments to ease the pain. This also means listening to your body. Take some time off to heal and recover. The more you rest, the faster you will be back on your feet. And, take it from me, this is way harder than it sounds.Note: If you hurt your wrist, use your legs. Resting one body part can mean really paying attention to another one.
Step 2: Find a hobby
Step 2 is the best. Find something new to take your mind off of your normal activity that most likely laid you up. This can also be working on a weakness. Maybe it's time to get rock hard abs or join a painting class. Perhaps you could clean out the closet or try that curry recipe you have been too busy to try. Maybe it's just time for a nap. Again, rest. Recover. Try something new.
Step 3: Stay on task
Step 3 is two-fold. Staying on task means not letting the diet go to crap only because you are laid up. Eat well. Drink lots of water. Sleep. These small things will aid the healing process. Part two of Step 3 means setting up small tasks or goals along the road to recovery. Planning to walk or move everyday, using the foam roller or doing your PT exercises are a few examples. Reward yourself with a massage to make the healing process a bit easier. Reference Step 1.
Step 4: Have a brownie sundae
Step 4 negates Step 3, kind-of. Go ahead, have a brownie sundae. Order an extra tall latte. Have the second glass of wine. However, right after this exceptional treat, go right back to Step 3. You have to cut yourself a little slack sometimes. After all, you are hurt.
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Step 5: Read up
Step 5 is your final step on the road to recovery. Do your homework. Read up on your injury. Ask questions. Seek help. There are so many wonderful tools out there for knowledge and expertise. It can be online or in your own community. And, don't forget to ask for help. We have all been there.
Good luck, and happy healing. The next season is always right around the corner. You will be back before you know it. In the meantime, have a brownie sundae while icing your injury.
Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently the health and wellness director at The Foundry, is a personal trainer, "CrossFitter," coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone's face.