I know a few people this winter who are either recovering from an injury or facing surgery to repair a problem. I also know of at least two students who have broken an arm or a wrist because they suffered a fall. One client who recently joined my class is there because the doctor told her to build up her muscles before she has hip surgery. She cannot be more than 55 or 60 years old.

I know that many of these people are feeling down because their situation is getting in the way of their regular routines.

“The only constant is change.”

We get depressed when we want things to stay the same.

I have had my own physical challenges over the years. I went through a period of time when I had to limit my dancing due to foot pain. I have had to drop some classes and I had to accept that could no longer be a student in the one that I loved the most. I am still dancing but I had to make adjustments to my routine. And because of my gluten allergy, I can no longer eat as freely as I once did. This continues to be a difficult situation but I am healthier than I was before because I no longer eat fast food. I have learned to cook new dishes and I have met new people. There is joy on the other side of change.

If you are faced with a physical challenge, focus on what you can do at this time, instead of what you can’t.

Chances are you can still exercise but you might have to switch to swimming or aqua fit classes. Perhaps you have to stop doing some things that you love for a short period of time while your body heals but then you may be able to enjoy those activities again.

I have seen clients switch programs at the gym because of an injury and end up liking the experience so much that they never leave.

My message today is to start by focusing on what you can do while your body is adjusting to the change.

There really is no point in mourning what we have lost. It just makes us miserable and I would argue that your healing time will be extended. Try to be positive in the face of this new challenge. Explore new opportunities and you will find your groove once again.

See you soon,