When you’re serious about achieving any type of fitness goal, a huge fear can be around getting injured. We have the most highly qualified coaches here at To The Core Pilates Studio to prevent that or even rehab an injury, but sometimes things happen outside of the gym that land you in pain.
There are certain cases of injury so significant that movement is inadvisable, so you should always consult a doctor. But if it’s a particular body part that is injured, I’d like to inspire you to look at the injury as an opportunity.
Let me give you an example… Several years ago I was in a car accident and side swiped. Not only did my neck ache non stop but I had pain radiating down my arm and down into my opposite hip. Some nights it was all I could do to find a comfortable position to sleep. I had headaches almost every day and it felt like I just couldn’t escape the constant ache in my body. I continued to do Pilates (modified of course) and walked as much as I could but there were many things I couldn’t do. I kept up with moving daily, even if it was only 15 minutes at a time until things started to improve. I knew I just couldn’t stop or things could get worse instead of better!
I searched for the thing I could do versus focusing on what I couldn’t do, and it made all the difference. I didn’t lose total faith in my ability to workout despite injury. I’d encourage you to do the same.
We see clients everyday that have similar experiences. One of our clients has had a double knee replacement and a hip replacement. She was told that she likely would not sit cross legged again. Through regular Pilates practice, biking and walking she kept herself moving and became more mobile. She did what she could each day and forgot about what she couldn’t. She worked hard to prove them wrong and she inspires me everyday with her grit and determination to be stronger and more flexible than the day before. It can be done!
If you have a knee injury, what can you do with your upper body? If you have a shoulder issue, how can you train your heart or lower body?
In most cases, there’s something that can be done, so please, please don’t give up entirely! We can help! Being in pain can be a life-altering experience, and we want you to know that no matter where you are, we can help you through it. Is this something you can relate to? If not, do you have a friend who might need some hope and guidance to get through an injury?