10 May 2016 10:43:49

How to get on the road to recovery after injury

While you might not be able to pick back up the same exercise routine you had before your injury, it doesn’t mean you have to stop altogether. Check with your doctor or physiotherapist what exercises are safe before starting your new routine. Take it slowly at first and don’t push yourself too hard -you’re still in recovery!

A serious injury can have a huge impact on your life, especially if it affects your mobility. However frustrating the situation might be, it's still important to take your time and gradually rebuild your strength to avoid risk of further injury.

Read our top tips for getting back on your feet after a period of inactivity.

Stay focused

While you might not be able to pick back up the same exercise routine you had before your injury, it doesn’t mean you have to stop altogether. Check with your doctor or physiotherapist what exercises are safe before starting your new routine. Take it slowly at first and don’t push yourself too hard -you’re still in recovery!

Beat the boredom

Recovery periods can be frustrating and boring, especially if your injury is restricting your movement. Don’t let it get the better of you. Keep yourself occupied with other activities and pick up a new hobby. You never know, you might discover a whole new talent.

Factor in rest

While it can be tempting to carry on with your usual routine, don’t forget your body needs rest. This is even more important during the recovery period, as you'll heal much faster if you listen to what your body needs.

Keep moving

While rest is important, keeping yourself mobile is also an integral part of recovery. Keeping up with the exercises prescribed by your physiotherapist is vital - once you've established a routine, you should find it easier.

Follow a healthy diet

Don’t let an injury become an excuse for poor diet. If your mobility has been affected, it can be easy to fall into bad eating habits and gain unwanted weight. Keep yourself occupied, list what you’re eating and draw up a meal plan. Your body will thank you for it!