Wow, so this is how it feels to not go to the gym. This would be the first time in ages where I’ve chosen to NOT go to the gym and instead stay at home. But I know I’m doing it for a good reason and that my knee and health will definitely be better off. So what did I do? I slept in till 8:30am that’s what and now I’m blogging. It’s so weird to have all this extra time!
Haha, and I’ll also be heading into uni to do my final math lesson performance and hand in another assignment- I’m super nervous so wish me luck! I’ve also got work and all that jazz as usual (last friday-probably- for a month!).
Anyways, I don’t know if it’s the extra sleep, the stretching, foam rolling, icing, heating or elevation but my knee is feeling insanely better this morning! Yay it will heal! Does anyone else ever get an injury and feel like- lordy this ain’t never going to get better! I guess that’s my inner pessimist coming out? But also the fact that normally I’d keep (stupidly) pushing through my workouts so it probably wouldn’t get better. As soon as I properly wake up I’m going to get my foam roll on and do some stretching before breakfast and the rest of it.
While I’ve got you here and (obviously) intrigued I want to talk about one thing I spoke to my therapist about yesterday. We discussed 837071340 different things as usual and shortly I will bring up something that really, actually surprisingly, made me just fall apart. But to keep you on a cliff hanger first I’m going to talk about something I really felt I could adapt to and felt would be a very positive step in my recovery- Having an athlete’s mindset.
I think he was trying to toot my horn when he said I’m an athlete. I sorta get it, well because- I workout like it’s my job…and actually sometimes it is, being a group fitness instructor and all! The thing is with athletes is that they respect, work with and nurture their bodies so they can perform to their highest potential, progress and win! He sort of compared it to a fitness fanatic- which I admit I have called myself once or twice before. A fitness fanatic would do it out of compulsion and love of course, but wouldn’t think the same way an athlete would. If an athlete got injured, you know they would do everything they can to rest and recover. They don’t see it as giving up or losing- they see it as a bump in the road and they know in order to maintain their intensity and performance they need to recover before they seriously injure themselves and they are out of the game for good.
Athlete’s also have a healthy attitude towards food (this is an assumption and generalisation). They see food as a partnership to their training. In order to put on a great performance they need to fuel themselves with the right food. Not only that but they need to eat ENOUGH food.
Having this mindset pulls us away from thoughts about wanting to be or look skinny. It’s no longer about aesthetics, but about our perfomance. And as my therapist pointed out- have you ever seen an athlete who didn’t look bangin’? Exactly! They don’t focus everything they have on how hey look, that just comes with it. They focus on training- both with food and exercise, and their performance, and as a result they are in the best shapes of their lives.
I don’t know if you’re digging this shift of mindset as much as me- but I love it! I definitely feel that it’d fit into my lifestyle perfectly since I am incredibly passionate about fitness, exercise and teaching my classes. I know that I love to give 110% for every workout, like it’s my job- so that’s why I need to fuel up right, rest and recover enough, and treat my body with the respect it deserves. It needs to be nurtured, stretched, rested and foam rolled! I especially love how this approach doesn’t focus on appearance but instead performance, this is exactly the shift I need.
DAILY HEALTHY THOUGHT: I need to accept myself.
Do you employ an athlete’s mindset? Or is this something you think would work for you?