Fitness After a Life Changing Injury


Can you come back to fitness from a life changing injury?


I am an example. I fell down a flight of stairs while carrying my young son. I caught myself if the right side of my body, and still have intermittent pain in my foot, knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow. I suffered soft tissue injuries. Also, I think I did have a green fracture in my lower leg, though it was never diagnosed. It’s been 15 years since the fall.

It stopped my fitness activities. I could barely walk without pain. It was hard. I weighed 147 pounds. Today, I’m at 173 (down from 191).

It requires a lot of patience, and listening to your body. I decided on walking. I started with about a mile 2 months ago. I’ve worked my way up to 3.5 miles. Yes, I do have some pain. It is in my muscles. They are adjusting to the new demands of walking for exercise. In addition, I stretch daily. This helps me from re-injuring the affected areas of my body.

The trick is to start small. It is more important to be successful, and not further injure your body. It is also good to check with your doctor to make sure your body is ready for the exercise. She/he may have ideas for where to start.

An option is to contact a personal trainer to help develop an appropriate program designed to take into account your injury. Make sure the professional you use is certified, and knows how to work with your limitations.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Think about what you would like to accomplish with your fitness goals. Talk to your doctor. Implement appropriate activities.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Note: Never accept a response from anyone that tells you to just get over it, and workout. Re-injuring an injure could put off your recovery, and create a life-long injury.

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I am a published professional artist/photographer and writer. I received my Bachlors of Art degree from the University of Washington in English Composition. My background in Art and Photography stems from my youth, and various intensive workshops through the years.

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