Regardless of where you are in your weight management journey, you’re bound to hit a few bumps along the way. The key is to be prepared by reminding yourself of the long-term goal in the midst of it all; it’s a journey not just a destination.
For me, those challenges came in the form of shoulder and knee pains from my days playing football. Here is how I tackled the balance between mind and body.
Rest is Essential
Working out five days a week for seven or eight months straight, I knew to expect a few small injuries along the way; this happened to me with my shoulder and a tricky knee. These injuries kept me from my lifting and workout schedule as I pushed too hard and my body needed a break. In my case what I did was take a few weeks off of lifting and cut down on my cardio. Yes the weight loss slowed down, but I got healthy and was ready to get back to my regimen.
In the short term, I only lost a few pounds that month but in the grand scheme of things, slowing down allowed for healing; this will help me reach and maintain my goals for years to come. A healthy knee and shoulder is worth the rest.
Feed Your Body Right
Even while at rest, I fueled my body with lean protein, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. My diet remained consistent even when my body didn’t. To help bolster the repair and healing process, my supplement regimen complemented my dietary habits; five to six small meals each day with supplements like fish oil and glucosamine/chondroitin to help support joint health.
We all hit “walls” and it is okay. Just don’t stay inactive for too long and next thing you know, you are back to full health and ready to get back into the routine.