Are You Dealing With An Injury In Your Training?

stretching exercise for over 50 when injured

I am at the time of writing this!

 

My hip is playing up (an old injury) – not quite sure whether it’s now morphed into a bit of arthritis or bursitis but it’s certainly made me slow down and reassess!

 

A very wise Yoga Teacher once told me that we should treat an injury as a ‘gift’ as it teaches us so much about our body and makes us look at how we move and sit on a daily basis.

 

She was so right!

 

Part of training your body is that you will experience little niggles and aches and pains on occasion.

 

Sometimes it’s how you are training – perhaps it could be a form or technique issue or even a particular exercise that is just not suited to your body anymore.

 

Many times it stems from how you are moving or sitting on a daily basis.

 

We get into certain ‘Holding Patterns’ with our body and many of them have been engrained in us through our work or home life over many years.

 

Perhaps in your job you are doing lots of repetitive movements – that are slowly aggravating different muscle groups.

 

OR you are bent over a computer for most of the day. Perhaps your neck is bent in an awkward position looking at the computer and you are slouched rather than upright.

 

Maybe it’s time to reassess your work area for correct positioning of your computer and chair.

 

We know that we should get up every 10 minutes and move around when we work on our computers but I know how hard that is to enforce sometimes when you are right in the creative zone!

 

OR perhaps you are holding yourself too upright and are not relaxed in the body. I recognized this in myself recently (with advice from a good friend!) so I am working on keeping more relaxed when I sit at the computer!

 

Take the time to let your injury heal and see it as a ‘gift’ – however annoying that might sound!

hip strengthening exercise for over 50's with injuries
Donkey Clam – Great Gentle Hip Strengthening Exercise!

 

Don’t stop working out though. You can still train and work around a ‘niggle’!

 

I am currently focusing on upper body-work to give my hip a rest, but also integrating, regular daily ice packs and some good hip strengthening and stretches.

 

If you have an injury – think outside the box – look at your life and what you do on a day-to-day basis that may have been the catalyst for your injury.

 

It can produce some quite interesting results when you stop and analyze your daily movement and sitting patterns. 🌸🌸🌸

Elaine is a Master Trainer with over 27 years of experience in nutrition and training styles. Being in her 50’s she understands what works for this age group. That is why she has developed the CBT20 Core Body Transformation 20 online 14 week training program and the CF20 Core Fusion 20 online 8 week training program. Elaine has also published a free E-Book on developing core strength in your 50’s.