Posted on August 30, 2017
Being in pain is a pain. Going for too long without a break lowers our body’s ability to properly recover and suppresses the body’s immune response and at times leads to a breaking point forcing us to slow down. No one wants to be restricted from normal daily activities and it can be frustrating having to nurse an injury and put training progress on the back burner but pain is the body’s way of signaling us that something is wrong and it’s time to pay attention.
“Injury is not just a process of recovery, it’s a process of discovery”
Take this time to slow down and focus your attention into recovering the same way you would focus on your training, learning about your weaknesses to make them your strengths. This is a valuable time to incorporate other outlets into your life. An injury doesn’t mean to stop moving, you should continue to be active while being more conscious of limitations.
If you’re recovering from an injury and cleared to begin rehabilitating, spin is a great low impact, low intensity exercise option to ease back into a routine. Spin provides an awesome, motivational community where you’re able to follow the class at your own pace. Even if the class you take is intended to be higher intensity, you can chat with your instructor and let them know how you feel and what you want out of your ride and go at whatever cadence (revolutions per minute) feels best to you.
Make the experience your own. The beauty of pedaling and not moving is that no one knows or cares how fast you’re going because it doesn’t impact them. It allows you to observe the form of some more advanced spinners alongside you.
Spin classes include both endurance and cardiovascular training with the benefits of heart health and increased lung capacity. It will help you learn to work on controlled breathing, which can also help with anxiety, lowering the heart rate for situations where physical exertion begins to take the breath away. Allow the physical exertion to become a catharsis for releasing pent-up emotions.
Get your week started and ending on the right note Monday and Friday morning’s with Union Fitness’ Steel Revolution at 6:45am.