Due to a recent surgery, my typical exercise routine is comatose for the next few weeks. I am slightly devastated, I have to admit. For several months, I was in an amazing rhythm of working out at least 5 mornings a week, doing a combination of Pilates, HIIT workouts, and Yoga. I was in the best shape I’d been in for over a decade. I was making so much progress, and I was loving my workout routines.
Then my surgery closed that door, forcing me to stop my regular workouts. I can’t even lift over 5 pounds. I can’t do ab work. I couldn’t do a plank to save my life. It’s really hard to come to terms, but I know it could be much worse. This is not permanent, and eventually I will be able to resume my regular workouts. But for now, I can’t. Knowing I’ll lose strength and some of the tone I’d worked so hard for is, at its core, mostly vanity, although I did really enjoy feeling stronger and having more endurance.
So, how do I deal with my normal fitness routine being forced into hiatus?
Walking has never been a source of exercise to me, but now it will be one of the few things I am able to do while recovering. I plan on replacing my morning mat workout with a walk with our dog, followed by an evening walk. I also have a pair of 3 pound weights that I can use. I’m also going to do light stretches to keep me as flexible as possible.
I have to remember to be kind to my body and not push it too much while it is healing.
It will be interesting to reflect on my mindset after the healing process is over and I can resume my regular workouts.
Have you ever dealt with an injury or surgery that kept you from your typical workout routine? How did you cope and what alternative exercises worked best for you?