Surviving a Change in Your Morning Routine
Have you ever seen the look of disappointment on a kid’s face when you tell them that they can’t go out and play with their friends? That’s how I felt when my doctor told me that I needed to take time off from my morning exercise routine. It all started when I woke up with a dull pain in my neck. At first, I tried my hardest to deny the pain. But, when it didn’t go away and the pain began to throb, I knew that I needed to make an appointment with the chiropractor. All of the past months of weight lifting finally took a toll on my neck in the form of an inflamed disc.
When my chiropractor said that she wanted me to take a break from exercising until I felt better, I literally began to freak out in my head. Just the thought makes me feel anxious and unsettled. If you’re a gym rat, you can probably relate. I absolutely love to workout in the mornings and taking this pleasure away is a huge sacrifice. There are many reasons why I love exercising in the mornings.
It allows me to focus, set my intentions for the day, get stronger, and helps me to wake up.
So in desperation, I tried to compromise with my doctor. I asked if it could only be a few days. But, she was adamant that the break needed to occur until my neck felt better. Unfortunately, an abundance of ice packs and Biofreeze aren’t instant fixes. Only time will heal this one.
Being forced to get out of my morning routine taught me a few things…
- I wasn’t going to suddenly become weak because I skipped a few days
- I am able to get creative and brainstorm other ways to use my time
- I can easily find my groove again once I feel better
We all have routines. Whether it’s by choice or not, if your normal routine is altered, how can you make the most of it?