I broke my toe a little while back; the long one next to my big toe on my right foot.
I was pulling my boat up onto the trailer at a local boat ramp, and my foot slipped forward and my toe caught on something.
It didn’t hurt much when I did it, but by the time I’d washed the boat down and put it away, my toe had turned a yellow-ee purple color and it was starting to throb.
I stuck some ice on it and sat on the couch with it propped up on a few pillows. There’s not much else you can do for a broken toe: I’ve broken my toes a few times in the past and the only advice I’ve ever got from a doctor is… strap it to the toe next to it.
I wasn’t too worried. I tend to heal quite quickly, and let’s face it; it’s only a toe. It wasn’t going to stop me from doing much… But it did stop me from doing one of my favorite pastimes; running.
So what do you do when an injury stops you doing the sport you love?
Answer: You work around it.
As an “Ex” professional athlete, I’ve had my fair share of injuries, and you learn pretty quickly that you can’t do the same activity day in, day out. You need variety!
You need to let your body rest from some activities and give it different activities to keep your conditioning up and work on areas that would normally be ignored.
So, what have I done to keep active and stay in shape while my toe heals? Quite a few things actually…
I like to swim, so I’ve added some deep water running to my usual swim training. I’ve also been meaning to do more core stability exercises, so I’m doing more of those. And I’ve added a few new upper body strength training workouts.
And of course, I’ve added some extra flexibility training to work on a few tight spots that I’ve noticed recently.
This is why I include over 130 different stretches in the Ultimate Guide to Stretching. I know if you do the same old stretches day in day out, you’ll create imbalances that can lead to injury.
So if you’re trying to work through an injury at the moment, or you tend to repeat the same exercise routine over and over again, try something different. Get out there and mix it up a little. Do something you’ve never done before.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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