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Coping With An Injury

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. deb roby

    I hate injuries! My two biggest injuries can one after the other (torn shoulder labrum and hip replacement), and knocked me off my workout for 2.5 years. I’m still recovering balance and strength!

    I think the most important thing anyone can do is to address their muscle imbalances (we all have them) BEFORE they are injured. Try to prevent them. If you belong to a gym, a good personal trainer can do a movement assessment in just a few minutes. Then give you some things to work on. (hint: the foam roller is your friend).

    Stretching, and strength training are important factors in prevention too (if you’re a runner)…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You make an EXCELLENT point! Take care of possible imbalances BEFORE they are an injury. And that’s where I failed this time around. While all the swimming, running, biking and squats strengthened my quads, they did not strengthen the sides of my legs and all those activities are front to back movements…hence, injury due to imbalance. Also, my IT Bands are always really tight. I should have been working on flexibility!

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Great tips! Especially the “take care of your brain” part. That can definitely have a huge impact–I know!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s often neglected and depression is easy to fall into when injured!!

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    Wonderful tips Lisa. I wished I’d figured out the brain part right before I ended up having foot surgery. Thankfully, now that I’m healing, things both physically and emotionally are coming together. Have a wonderful Thursday.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s easy to forget that part and it’s so important. Keeping a positive attitude is crucial. I think it also helps healing, too.

  4. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    I am working through one right now, this is a great post. RICE and i have been best buddies, but you are right keeping yourself mentally in check is so important too. Hard not to be a little let down, but working on finding positive way to cope with it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, finding a positive way to cope with it makes a huge difference!

  5. Jess

    I am constantly injured (I have terrible tendon/ligament/joint issues, all at 24!) and I go to my physio at the first twinge of pain. I never, never work through pain, because that just makes it worse! I do exactly what my physio says, and he always tries to give me workout options that I can do, because he knows exercise is my outlet.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You poor thing! Doesn’t is suck to have “bad” body mechanics???? It’s like we’re doing GOOD things by exercising and staying fit, our bodies should cooperate. Glad you don’t work through the pain (I see that too much online–runner’s ignoring symptoms) and that your doc helps you figure out alternatives. It’s important. Exercise is a stress reliever for me, so when I’m injured and exercise is a CAUSE of the stress, it puts me in a bad place!

  6. Diane Fit to the Finish

    Injuries frustrate me too. My nemesis is my back. I have to be so careful not to hurt it because when it hurts I find it hard to do any exercise.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Michael has a bad back too and he has to be careful with things. Kettle bells fixed his back pain, though. It makes me happy that exercise was able to help!

  7. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    These are really great tips Lisa. Taking care of your brain (and heart) is HUGE and I think that people often underestimate that. Also strengthening weak spots and muscle imbalances because that’s what often leads to injury in the first place. I’m still working through my knee injury from earlier this year. Getting there but it often still feels like I have a long way to go.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Christine! Muscle imbalance is so common and people don’t even know they have it. You can think you’re really active and healthy or fit, but if you have flexibility issues, or don’t cross-train it’s a recipe for injury. 🙁

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