Returning Guest writer Sheila Olson offers up some sage advice about how to take care of yourself without collateral damage and amidst the onslaught of the holiday season.



Bummed about not being able to do your usual workout? You don’t have to let an injury or pain sideline your fitness goals. With a few modifications to your habits and some stress-relieving backup exercises, you can still maintain your weight and help your body stay healthy. Here are some ways you can stay in shape when completing a more difficult workout is not possible.

Take Good Care of Your Body as It Heals

When you cannot work out as hard as you would like to, it can be quite discouraging. But your body can only heal and feel better if you take other steps to take care of it. You should focus your efforts on improving your nutrition during this time, which can go a long way in aiding weight loss and helping you feel your best. Eating a diet rich in whole foods, lean proteins, and moderate amounts of healthy fats can actually enhance your metabolism and lead to more sustainable weight loss than strenuous workouts alone. Take the time you would spend on a workout and use it to do some meal prep to keep your kitchen filled with healthy food options.

However, when pain is an issue, you may also want to look for supplements and natural ways to relieve your symptoms. For example, CBD is one such remedy that has rapidly grown in popularity due to its ability to provide relief from chronic pain without any unwanted highs or side effects. CBD may also help with inflammation, but you should take your time to research CBD and decide if this is a good option for you to try.

Look to Soothing Workouts Like Yoga

Yoga may be the perfect workout for anyone looking to stay in shape while avoiding intense exercise. This ancient practice can even have some very desirable healing benefits as well. In fact, many doctors recommend yoga to their patients who are recovering from surgery or dealing with chronic pain. The effectiveness has been backed up by decades of research showing that yoga can relieve pain and help patients reduce their stress levels.

Practicing yoga in a class setting is usually the best way to get these benefits and reduce your risk for further injury. When you have an instructor present, he/she will be able to guide your practice and help you modify positions to accommodate any injuries or discomforts. For those in the Colorado Springs area, taking classes at Cambio can be a perfect fit for any skill level, as well as any budget. Donation yoga classes provide access to this important practice for everyone and allow more people to experience the transformative power of yoga.

Use Water to Take Pressure Off Your Body

Another low-impact yet highly effective exercise you can try is swimming. Swimming has some serious health benefits, but it will not aggravate any injuries or pain you may be dealing with. For those living with arthritis or chronic pain, swimming laps can even lead to fewer symptoms. You can also lose weight by making swimming a part of your fitness routine. The exact calories you burn will depend on your weight and other factors, but most adults can burn nearly 200 to 300 calories in a half-hour. Even if you are not able to swim, merely working out in water can still have some incredible benefits. Water provides a natural resistance that forces your muscles to work harder but does not cause any strain or unnecessary pressure. Best of all, you only need a few supplies to start working out in the water and getting your body back into shape.

Whether you are dealing with chronic pain or can’t get your usual workout in for other reasons, you can still lose weight and stay in shape. By focusing on caring for your body and adding some low-impact exercises, you can help your body heal while still working on feeling your best.

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