3 ways to get your paddling fix when injured
Unfortunately, picking up an injury through your paddling career is something that most of you will experience, and they are most certainly annoying!
However, every injury can be seen as a learning process, and helps us to get to know our bodies better. At the time, it may seem like the worst thing in the world, but if you approach it in the right way, an injury can give you some time to reflect.
One of the most annoying things about an injury is that it means you won’t be able to head out on the water as often as you may like, but there are still ways you can get your fix whilst you are recovering from an injury. We have taken a look at three of these below:
Work out what you can do
If you are unable to head out on your SUP board, for example, there are other ways you can exercise. If you train regularly and then suddenly stop, you may well feel irritable and experience withdrawal symptoms, which is most likely caused by the lack of endorphins.
When you work out, your body releases these endorphins which make you feel good, so it is important to try and keep these chemicals flowing. In order to do this, you need to find out what exercise you can do.
Depending on where your injury is, you might still be able to head out on the water. If it is an upper body injury, you could try cycling to get your fix. If you have sustained a lower body injury, you can still head out in the water on a canoe or kayak, and who knows, you might just discover a new sport that you love! Take a look at our canoes and kayaks for sale and get out on the water for some rehab.
Early on in your injury, depending on the severity, you might not feel up to exercising. Maybe you’ve been instructed by your doctor to take it easy, or you’re just feeling a bit sorry for yourself (it’s a natural thing, we all do it!) so what do you do with your time?
If you are relatively new to paddlesports, you can spend the time looking up new techniques to try when you are back to full health. You may also wish to check out new places you can visit when you have recovered.
But it doesn’t necessarily have to be watersport or fitness related. You can spend the time discovering new hobbies, looking into a new diet to help strengthen your body or even catching up on other things you have been putting off. Injuries can be a catalyst for change, so make this one for the best.
Pilates and yoga
Both Pilates and yoga can benefit your mind and body, and can usually be tailored to accommodate your injury. It may be that you have thought about trying them for some time but have never got around to doing it.
After you have got clearance from your doctor that you are able to take part in the activities, take a look at which poses will benefit you the most in the future and will not aggravate your injury. You may wish to consult a professional instructor to help you with this, and you might even want to book in a private session or two if possible, to get some one-on-one attention.
These fitness activities can help improve flexibility, strengthen areas you may currently feel a weakness in and help you to relax, which is a plus if you’re frustrated about not being able to get out on the water.
Remember that your body will enjoy a break from your regular routine and will certainly benefit from some rest. Don’t rush back into your sport too quickly and ensure that you come back stronger and smarter than before!