Deanna Nole is our Weight Center Coordinator and one of our Dietitians. She recently fractured her leg and shares her insights about how to keep moving while recovering from an injury.
What did you do for exercise before your injury?
Before I had my injury, I enjoyed being outside and loved to go hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing. Being outside was always a way for me to deal with stress in my life. Whether it was taking a short walk in the woods or overnight backpacking trips, being outdoors has always helped me to feel good and stay healthy.
What are you doing now for exercise?
Since injuring my leg, I have had to become creative in the ways that I stay active while I am healing. Not only did I have to change my normal exercise routine to include exercises I can do safely that are non-weight bearing such as upper body workouts, stretching, and seated cardio exercises (I am now a HUGE fan of chair Zumba!) but also thinking outside the box on ways to include more exercise. For me, looking at different options other than traditional crutches helped to give me back some mobility, along with making simple changes in my house so I could stay more active.
How has your mindset about exercise/your body shifted as a result of this injury?
I think that one of the hardest aspects of an injury that is not always talked about is the emotional impact that an injury can have on a person, aside from just the physical limitation. As an active person, it was hard for me to see the change my fitness level and ability. But by staying positive, listening to how my body is feeling, and learning to love exercises differently, I have been able to stay healthy while healing.
What is your biggest takeaway from this experience?
My biggest takeaway from this experience is the importance of staying positive during any injury and with a little bit of creativity, you can safely incorporate exercises that you will enjoy and love.
Keep Moving, Be Well,