If I have an injury or pain issue that flares up, how do I make sure I don`t lose my motivation to exercise?

Tyrone Y.
Choose another type of exercise, such as going for a walk or stretching.

Douglas T.
Sometimes I have to change up a routine to focus on things that I am able to do and not what I can't do. Running is always hard for me but I can walk. If I'm sick I can still do some yoga. It's important for me to simply keep the time open in my schedule. If I don't do it, my schedule fills the void with something else.

Lilli Y.
Go see a doctor so you know exactly when you can get active again . Also , You want to keep stretching and do whatever it is you can still do . If you’re able to go on walks do so . Use your other non injured body parts . Trust me , I am the QUEEN of injuries . I always end up hurting myself from being clumsy . They happen to the best of us and very often in my case . For example , I recently got stitches on my fingertip and as a boxer that trains everyday , that took a toll on me ! But I still made it work . Depending on how bad the injury is rest the minimum amount recommended . Again , listen to your body . After my stitches , I took a break from boxing for about 24-48 hours . And when I was back I simply started accommodating myself by not using the injured hand on the bag . You just have to always do your best . Using one hand wasn’t ideal obviously . But it was the best I could do and it left me feeling proud , motivated and strong .

Best ,
Ferial

Dina U.
Make the habit of doing a very small chunk of your goal no matter how you feel. If your goal was to workout every day for 30 minutes, shorten the goal to 2 minutes. Something stupid small that your brain can get used to creating the habit. On days you have pain, do the bare minimum, but dont break the streak!

Thea Y.
as another user who struggles with the same issue, I don't know how helpful I can be. I try to sub in something that doesn't use the injured part…like when I had a knee replacement, I'd do arm reps while sitting. Truthfully, I find it super easy to get de-motivated, so I just tell myself, you don't have to like it. just do it.

Christian C.
I don't often get injured, but I would think that exercise would be my motivation to continue to exercise to the injury. If we are talking about a mental injury, then reminders and motivation from others keep me going. this is true especially if there are people that rely on me and my health

Arieta N.
You should go to the doctor which will recommend special exercises for the injury. In that way you will feel safe that you are doing the right kind of exercises to get better sooner.

William I.
Definitely don't exercise through the pain/injury. Your body is speaking to you and telling you to back off. With most injuries, there are always other exercises you can do that don't aggravate the injury e.g. if you hurt your ankle running, you could try swimming instead until your ankle is healed.

Serenity C.
Choose an exercise that doesn't aggravate your symptoms and that you enjoy, because ultimately the goal is to just keep moving!

Alex T.
To keep from losing my motivation to exercise I only need to visualize and therefore remember how great I feel in mind and body when I am in top shape.

Duarte F.
i think you are an idealist person and remember that this is a trap . it's not important that you are injured or not .you( no man )can't be perfect but you can be better ! try to get better and remember that there is no destination in life , it's a journey . just try to keep on and go forward on this road. dont stop

Centa R.
Try to find a method of exercise that doesn't impact the injury you have. If that's not possible, keep yourself on a timer, alternating exercise and rest. I always listen to exciting music to keep me feeling ready and impactful.

Asta U.
I would opt for a shorter or less strenous instead. For instance, do swimming or bicycling instead of running. You could also do stretches instead of a workout.

Carl O.
You may switch to lower impact exercise or avoid using part of your body that has injury. The key is to keep moving and complete the goal each day.

Qu Rio Q.
There is no easy answer for this. If the pain is localised you could simply avoid exercising the specific muscle group. The key is definitely the momentum. If you track exercises with an app visualising how far you have come to maintain a streak helps in keeping morale up if you end up opting for a break day. Use apps like Google Fit etc to keep track of exercises because data helps. A lot.

Frida P.
Remember the good feeling after a workout. Rest to recover, and slowly ease back into activity, choosing something like walking that may be lower impact but still gets you moving.

Rupert F.
For my particular injury, I was able to find a workaround. I ran into shin splints from running when I began the habit but found that using a stationary bike didn't impact that area and allowed me to recover while I heal. Depending on the weather, a normal bike should work as well to keep the habit going while you recover. I was also considering yoga as an alternative.

Lvaro Z.
Exercise isof 3 types here. Walking, simple workout, dancing. You could choose from these with which you are comfortable 😉

Kirk U.
Take it slow! Find exercises that are safe and easy for your body to do. Even a little bit of exercise makes a huge difference. You can also try spacing a few small workouts throughout the day to give your body time to rest.

Mia N.
This is a great question !
If it's an injury that disable you to do running or work out, maybe you should try dancing, or replace it by an effort you can allow yourself. If you can't even danse, just replace exercising by doing something else, that develop you from the inside, such as reading

Joselindo S.
I modify and slow it down. Do something light that does not stress the injured parts.

Freja P.
You’re best bet is to follow any orders from your pt or dr. If that’s not applicable, reasearch online! There are so many different workouts available online you can include your injury/area of concern in the search, peak ahead and see if it’s interesting to you. I personally have an ongoing knee problem, so I’m proactive in adapting any workouts I choose to help strengthen the muscles surrounding it, or I cut myself some slack and don’t push so hard on the one side.

Holly U.
Keep at it, and exercise the parts of your body that don't hurt. If you're on doctor's orders to be inactive, replace the physical workout habit with a mental one. Do some word puzzles or something. I like an app called Elevate.

Randall P.
Keep the schedule, and replace the exercise with a light activity, stretching or walk .. any movement. The point is to keep the schedule you have allotted for the activity, and not allowing a negative habit take over (sleep longer, watch tv, etc) and replacing your good routine.

Isabella F.
First the important thing is to assess the situation as critical or non-critical. A critical injury needs treatment; an aching demotivated body should go for a long walk and do some bodyweight exercises. Sometimes I just convince myself to get dressed for the gym. More often than not I end up happy working out.

Fabien Y.
Take rest to get back stronger. Just keep some light functional workout up during recovery phase to keep good blood flow through the whole body and let it secrete endorphins, rest heavy work can wait until you're well!

Elisa Z.
I have a knee injury from college, so getting back into exercising is rough. I’ve found that what works best is to work around the injury. What I mean is, when my knee pain flares up, I focus on other areas, like abdominals, or my arms and upper body, exercises that don’t exacerbate the injury.
Of course, this is while doing the recommended physical therapy from my doctor to strengthen my knee. So definitely talk to them about ways to minimize your pain.