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How To Stay Motivated When Injured

You may be aware from my moaning on Instagram and Twitter (sorry! 😉 ) that I’m currently injured with a bad back, so I’m in need of some injury motivation! I’ve seen two osteopaths now who haven’t been able to correct the issue, so I’m waiting on x-ray results now to see what the damage is. If like me, your life pretty much revolves around staying active, getting sweaty, being bendy or hanging around upside-down then this can be such a depressing time. In all honesty I feel totally fed up…. BUT I won’t let myself get demotivated. Instead I’m just using my time wisely to do other things and to keep my motivation levels up.

Here are a few ideas that might help you too…

1. Planning

I know I need to rest and stay clear of any intense, impactful training, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t plan for some in the future. Of course I’ll have to be careful after injury and not rush into it, but this is the perfect time to reflect on the training I’ve been doing so far, what’s working for me, what’s not, what I’m enjoying etc. You never know, by having to take this time out, you might actually be able to put a new plan in place for your future training and it might even be better that what you’ve got going on now.

I’m a firm believer in the need to surprise your muscles and body with new ways of exercise and toning, in order to get the desired results, so maybe do a little research into a new challenge to add to your weekly fitness plan.

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2. Put down the chocolate!

Ok, so this isn’t the best tip to put up after the easter break, as we’ve all eaten far too much chocolate, but what the heck, it was easter!

In general though, the time in which you’re unable to exercise, no matter how rubbish you feel, should be used for the exact opposite. Why not use your workout time wisely and master some new healthy treats or develop your very own healthy eating plan for the coming months. Whatever you do, try to resist the temptation to sit on the sofa with a family bar of Cadburys, feeling sorry for yourself. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! 😉

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3. Mind time

The healthy lifestyle doesn’t just centre around keeping fit and eating nutritious food. To me it’s the full package of wellbeing – mind, body and soul. Why not spend some time working on your mind with a bit of meditation or yoga (if you’re able). If you’re new to meditation there are apps out there to help – give Headspace a go.


I know how hard it can be to stay motivated, but by doing these things you’ll be keeping your mind active and will still be enjoying aspects of a life you’re passionate about.

If you’ve got any other ideas/tips, please do comment below.

Love, Cat x