Sustaining an injury can be incredibly disheartening when you're immersed in a new exercise routine or pride yourself on being a dedicated gym bunny.

The feeling that you're losing sight of your goal or slipping into old habits can be worrying, but it's important to remember that sustaining an injury shouldn't signal the end of your weight loss mission or dedication to the cause.

Whether you're laid up for a few weeks or a few months, there are simple ways to keep your goals in mind as well as yourself in check as you rest, recuperate and prepare yourself for your big return.

Check out our top five!

1. Don't comfort eat

It's easier said than done, we know, but it's vital you don't binge on junk food while you're laid up.

While treating yourself during a regular exercise routine is certainly allowed, you must remember that while injured you don't have the capability of burning off those excess calories.

Top tip: Keeping healthy snacks, such as nuts and fruits, in stock is vital if you don't want to slide down that other slippery slope!

2. Take up a hobby

Being injured, while certainly incredibly painful, is also incredibly boring.

If you find that boredom stimulates your appetite and forces you to reach for third and fourth helpings, then it's important you distract yourself pronto!

Top tip: Begin a project which you can work on while injured and which you know you will see through to the end.

3. Set goals

Your four gym sessions a week are no longer a given, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on your goals.

You've most likely been given a time frame in which to rest by your physician, so why not set about altering your targets and making a new plan?

Top tip: Revamping your plan in order to accommodate your new situation will help give you focus.

4. Focus on your healthy limbs

If you have damaged your foot and are unable to partake in your normal cardio sessions, why not simply adjust your focus?

Keep yourself on the right track by dedicating time to upper body workouts.

Similarly, if you've damaged your upper body, then why not break a sweat during a daily walk instead?

Top tip: Speak with your doctor or gym instructors to ascertain whether you are in a position to exercise regardless of your injury.

5. Don't get discouraged

With a little willpower and the guidance of professionals, you won't go too far off-track when it comes to mind and body goals.

A few weeks off doesn't signal the end of your mission, but simply gives you time to re-evaluate and re-assess.

Make the most of your time by addressing your exercise pitfalls and hatching a plan to overcome them when you're back on your feet!

And remember...

It's important to give your body the time to recuperate, so don't force yourself back before it's too soon and be sure to listen to the professionals.




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