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Monday, November 27, 2017

I was a bit discouraged with my workout routine. I fell on my hand/wrist, and bruised it. This means that I can't hold/grasp heavy objects with that hand, much less support my own body weight. So, my usual strength training routine is a wash. I am also doing a challenge, and this requires workouts that have mountain climbers, plank "running", burpees and the like which are right out because of my injury.

So I took a day to regroup. Of course there is nothing wrong with my core, legs and right arm/hand. I was thinking that I could always resort to walking as the primary source of my cardio, and it does provide some benefit for the bones as a weight bearing exercise. But I really want to finish the challenge. Then I thought about what Jessica Smith said in one of her workout routines: Make the workout work for you.

With this new thought in mind, I realized that I would have to take a break from my traditional strength training routine, but could still work my muscles by doing workouts I don't normally do, such as pilates. And by using a chair, I can always modify the mountain climbers and runners by supporting myself with my good arm and not having to put my full weight on the floor. And even in the modified positions, my heart rate was still elevated and I was breathing heavy, just like with a "normal" workout.

I know it can be frustrating when injuries occur, but by modifying the workouts to fit my needs I can still get the benefits of cardio and weight bearing exercises until I am fully recovered.

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