So my biggest fear of all has finally happened. For the last 3 years, I’ve been very fortunate to do as much as I do and not get injured. But that streak came to an end on Wednesday when I sprained my ankle while playing basketball.
So it sucks because I’m supposed to have my purple belt test today and tomorrow for my Kenpo Karate class. I’m hoping to modify and still do it. But it’s forcing me to deal with something a lot of people deal with. Luckily, the sprain isn’t too bad due to the fact that I had good shoes and a brace on. I’ve been known to roll ankles in my day playing ball. But what I mention in the video is true…if the top is broken, then work the bottom. If the bottom is broken, then work the top. If the top and bottom are both broken, then work the middle.
So here’s my concerns and challenges that I face for the next several days (hopefully no more than a week). My body is used to eating a lot of calories because I’m a very active person. My metabolism is very high because of that. I now know that I’ll have to be careful with my calorie intake without any or limited cardio in my life right now. I’m one of those people who if I slack off or don’t watch what I eat…I see it very quickly on the scale. I probably watch it more than I should. So what I’ll do the next couple of days is go to the YMCA and use the exercise bike and spend the rest of my time focusing on upper body and core workouts.
You can’t let an injury keep you from doing something. It’s easy to get into a funk and let the lack of exercise depress you, but that’s not going to benefit you at all. And some of you may find it hard to believe that not being able to exercise would put you in a funk….but it’s a very real reality for people like me. And for those of you who don’t exercise regularly, you’re probably living that funk right now. Or if you just started exercising, you’re starting to feel what I’m talking about. I live for fitness because of what it does for my mind as well as my body. If I go more than a day without working out, I can tell it in my mood and my demeanor. So that’ll be my challenge for the next several days. Not to get into a funk, focus on upper body and core, and try to use an exercise bike to get in some type of cardio and give the ankle a chance to heal.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes….
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