There are so many things to miss about running when you’re injured and I’d be lying if I said knowing that I’m burning fat and calories while out there isn’t one of them. I have felt good about my body since shedding some unwanted fat via MAF training, so it’s only natural that I don’t want to put it back on while on the DL. I think it’s probably inevitable that a few pounds will sneak on: I’m just not going to put in the hours of other activities that I would running because frankly, I don’t enjoy them nearly as much. And at this point in my life, I’m just not going to spend hours on end doing things I really don’t enjoy.
So–the strategy will look like this:
- Approaching nutrition with more focus than normal. I’m always careful about what I put into my body–processed foods are not on my menu at any point, but now I need to be more diligent than normal with increased vegetable, fruit, and good fat intake. I’m applying the “six packs are made in the kitchen” philosophy here.
- Increasing the amount of strength work I do. When I’m running, I am faithful about strength training two times per week. Now I’m upping that to three. I’m also making sure to keep a good amount of variety in those strength workouts.
- Walking more than normal. I don’t spend much time sitting during the day at all, and I do walk a fair amount, too. But let’s just say Tori is getting in a few more miles than normal right now! Inspired by MizFit, I’m trying to walk more errands than I normally would–I am fortunate to have a grocery store, post office, coffee shop, etc. all about a mile down the road from my house.
- Crosstraining to the extent that I can. Right now it appears that the bike and swimming are pretty much ok with this injury. Yoga is not. I may have to back off for a bit after my PRP injection, but I do one or the other, or sometimes both, every day. Again, I’m not going to sit on my bike trainer for two-plus hours or swim 4,000 yards at a time because I just don’t like them enough. But an hour to an hour-and-a-half, or 2,500 yards here or there I can handle.
That’s the plan. PT exercises will of course be in there, as well, once I have my shot and things have settled down. Of course I’d rather run and have the ability to be a bit less focused. But I’ll keep up my cardiovascular fitness and strength this way, and hopefully, stay in my current size jeans as well. Wish me luck!
If you’ve been injured, how have you approached your laid off fitness? Favorite cross training exercises?