Our fabulous client, Monique Davis, wrote this article for you to help me share my experience of being ‘on the mend’. – Jaylin

I love boot camp classes at Bootique Fitness and that’s not an understatement. I’m sure the fabulous ladies who come week after week would agree. If you visit any one of the fantastic boot camp classes, you might hear the groans of women powering through their workouts. On some days, you may even hear someone utter, “this is hard,” or “I can’t do this today.”

There are days when the collective mood is happy (which I’d say is most days.) But, we all have our low moments. And, there are those days when everyone seems to be going through the motions, slogging through the workout and waiting for the final “beep” to signal our release.

It’s not until a person cannot do something physically that they begin to evaluate their attitude toward fitness and working out. Here are a few fitness perspectives from ours truly, Head Trainer Jaylin Allen, now that she’s on the mend after surgery.

1. As the saying goes, “things happen”

and injuries are no exception. Even if you happen to do everything right in your workout, there is still a possibility that you could end up injured. It’s an unfortunate drawback of any type of physical activity. Doing exercises correctly will lessen your risk of injury, such as ACL injuries and lower back and neck pain, but know there’s always a risk. Don’t get me wrong – there are hundreds of bigger risks associated with not exercising. Minimize your risk and exercise as safe as possible.

2. Doing a few exercises properly is more important than doing many of them improperly.

Knowing that every time you workout you may be taking a risk for injury, you should work smarter to lower your risk by ensuring your technique is correct. If an exercise or stretch feels painful, chances are you’re doing it wrong. If you’re unsure about your form, don’t be afraid to ask a professional.

3. Never take what you can do for granted.

When your arms are screaming that you can’t do another push-up and your legs are telling you that just one more squat will land you flat on your bottom, remember that you have the LUXURY of movement. Don’t take that for granted and push through. Keep in mind that one unlucky situation could leave you with an injury that limits your mobility. When you’re tempted to slack or quit altogether, remember that you are doing something that someone else may not be able to do. Don’t take that for granted.

4. Remove “can’t” from your workout vernacular.

I’ve found that having to do all things on crutches helps shed light on what you actually can and can’t do. However, I’ve found that when something is important, a person will find a way to make it happen. Your health is no exception and maintaining good health should be a top priority in all of our lives. Finding ways to build in time for exercise, showing up to class and powering through your workouts is an excellent commitment to sustaining optimum health. Don’t make excuses. Do make a way!

5. Good Samaritans are everywhere when you’re injured.

When people sympathize with a person on crutches and really do seek to help out in some way. From opening doors to carrying items for you, people will come to your aid when your injured. But, random acts of kindness shouldn’t be extended to injured persons only. One great way to translate that helping spirit to your boot camp workouts is to lend a hand to your fellow boot camper. If someone’s new or you see that they’re struggling with an exercise, help them out. A little encouragement goes a long way!

A few key points to keep in mind are:

Attitude is everything–While your situation may appear to be dire, in reality, your mind is what determines how good or bad an experiences truly is. When injured, take the time to learn form challenges you face as a result and work on keeping a positive attitude.

Humor helps! In addition to keeping a positive attitude, laughing will help your spirits and your stomach. While you won’t develop a six pack from laughter, you will enjoy life more and realize that even though you may be injured, there’s still much to be thankful for overall.