Gratitude, as I said in my Blogiversary post, is a many-splendoured thing.
I had a glorious Guerrillas workout again this morning, as opposed to this time last year, when I was rocking the granny shoe look.
This unflattering form of footwear was the only equipment offered me, and I have a looked at many other accoutrements made available to others who underwent leg injuries.
For example I would’ve enjoyed the services of a knee scooter and so, I’m pretty sure, would my friends in the pub!
The magical Marilyn Monroe knew that crutches certainly were NOT a Girl’s Best Friend – but that didn’t keep her away from the cameras.
Note the interesting combination of stiletto heel with the bandaged foot shown right – she doesn’t look too happy does she?
I had imagined that, as Marilyn was no stranger to the joys of exercise, (regularly going jogging before it caught on as a trend) her frustration could only be imagined.
She sprained her ankle whilst filming in 1953 and not happy with the conditions in which she was injured, reportedly insisted on wearing a cast and taking time out of the schedule – to get back at the director!
If I’m wrong on the above please let me know – I’m admittedly no expert on Monroe, but I like her spirit.
Hopefully, most leg injuries are temporary in the great scheme of things, but – for those who do currently have a broken foot like I did – and/or need crutches like Marilyn – here are some questions to ask yourself/your doctor/your best mate etc etc:
- Will you be able to rest your injured limb on the ground? If so, can you use it for balance while walking?
- How can you bathe? Can you stand in the shower, or do you need to use a bath tub?
- Can you just use one crutch as a cane? If so, what’s the best way to walk with a cane?
- Can you go swimming?
- What are the best ways to position your arms and maintain posture while using crutches?
Inspiration’s never far away in blog-land – and Christian Boyles, of Maxed Out Muscles, has provided yet more proof.
The 21-year-old, from Illinois, US, created his website after suffering a lot of depression and flare-ups of Crohn’s Disease.
For him, the crunch point came last summer.
Christian told me: “I said “Enough is ENOUGH” and I started taking control of my life. I feel that too often we take life’s punches and we just allow ourselves to be downtrodden. I wanted to take control of my life and not allow myself to become sick again.”
So, as well as doing his best to improve his own fitness – he made it his mission to take others with him on the journey, possibly motivating them to turn their lives around.
Inspiring enough? Christian modestly adds: “I don’t personally have experience with being injured, but here are some ideas I have…”
Here’s my Q & A
What adaptations should I make to my fitness regime?
You’re injured, and that was possibly out of your control. Or maybe it wasn’t? Use this time in your life where you are somewhat forced to rest…as a period of reflection. These next few months can be months where you:
3) Look into other hobbies related to fitness.
I personally don’t think that quitting is the most resourceful path and if anyone reading this is thinking about giving up, please don’t.
No matter what you decide to do in response to the resistance life has placed in front of you, make sure you’re maturing because of it in some way.
Can I still do yoga? Here’s a Q & A session with my instructor Espi Smith.
Me: What adaptations should I make to my practice?
Espi: I guess that depends on how you define the word “yoga”. If you are looking at only the asana (postures), they you will need to modify your physical practice to account for your injury. In your case, you should avoid standing and kneeling postures as well as some seated asanas that involve the outside of your foot putting pressure on the floor. If it hurts, it’s a definite no-go!
However yoga is much more than a physical practice, its a way of looking at life. Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, proper diet and positive thought will all help keep you happy and healthy throughout your recovery.
Me: Anything I should definitely avoid?
Espi: Anything that puts unnecessary pressure on the foot. Remember to listen to your body and not your ego, if there is pain it’s a sure fire way of knowing that you’re upsetting a part that should be healing.
Espi: Yes, me! A few years ago, before I’d let go of my ego and gotten over my competitive side I decided that I couldtry and jump from Down-dog to Crow (an arm balance that requires a lot of strength).
Turns out I had a lot more momentum than strength. I face-planted on the floor with all my might and wound up in hospital with a neck-brace on and some very worried-looking doctors. Luckily I hadn’t broken anything I just had soft tissue damage.
Me: How can meditation help?
Welcome to Em’s Way To Go – in which I invite you to join me as I explore how to cope when injury compromises your exercise regime/goals.
I like keeping fit. I’m not a leading athlete but I hope to meet plenty of them in the near future to see how they’ve conquered something that goes beyond mere inconvenience.
I also intend to get plenty of professional coping tips!
Off goes the smoke alarm – I jump on the arm of the sofa, swiping at said smoke alarm like it’s a piñata – anything to stop the eardrum-splitting screeching. Result? I fall off – crushing my foot underneath me.
I know something’s wrong – my running, guerrilla training and even most forms of yoga are about to be a serious no-no for the next few weeks. A conclusion subsequently verified by a doctor in A&E after an X-Ray. Fractured metatarsal.
I can practically feel my cellulite-ridden thighs bulging as I write this.
And those bingo wings of mine are as good as cleared for take-off.
So? Surely I’m not alone in all this? Right?
Last November, an eight-year-old gelding called Coneygree was pronounced lame by a racecourse vet at the Plumpton track after a two-year convalescence from injury.
“And do you know what he said to me? He said, ‘He’s had two years off, he’s not worth anything anyway’.”
Reader, allow me to introduce the winner of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Sara Bradstock didn’t give up – and neither did her horse.
I hope to be meeting plenty of human Coneygrees in this Blog – as they share their stories with me of how they overcame injury.
Meanwhile, if you have an injury recovery story – or any tips – then I’d love to hear from you!