Have you stopped running because of an injury? At Legacies Health Centre in Surrey BC we see a wide range of injuries that limit people from the activities they love – including running. When your recreational activities stop because of injury, depression can soon set in, making a comeback all that much harder. Exercise releases serotonin and dopamine (the “happy” hormones), and greatly affects our mood and motivation when these levels drop.
So what can we do?
- Well, as “Dory” from Finding Nemo has taught us, “just keep swimming” – or just keep moving in our case. Maybe you can’t run, but can you walk? Maybe you can’t walk, but can you swim? Maybe you can’t swim, but can you push your own wheels in your wheelchair? Our bodies NEED to move, and no matter what it looks like, movement will get you back on the road to recovery.
- Get treatment. Recovery times can be decreased dramatically with quality treatment. At our facility in Surrey, we can often get people back to their optimal-selves again in half the time, which for some people means months or even years sooner than if they did not receive therapy. Work with your doctor and a team of quality practitioners and put this injury behind you.
- Watch what you feed yourself… When you are in pain, you will reach for those comfort foods, often containing sugars to get that dopamine response you are now missing from exercise. But this can quickly become a slippery slope, and weight-gain can lead to more depression and physical pain. It is very common for people with injuries to gain weight because of this, making the battle to come back even harder. It’s important to remember, even when you are in pain, that you have a choice.
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