How to pass time effectively when you are ill (and cannot Pole)

This is the second time within three weeks that I have to stop training due to my health. For the first time, I was not allowed to put any pressure onto my thigh skin for three weeks (practically impossible in Pole training). The second time for an uncertain period of time, I have to be easy on my abdominal muscles and can only slowly re-enter the training. Both cases meant for me an absolute Sports ban: no Pole training, no stretching, no strength training.

When you get sick or are told that you are not allowed to work out for some time, at least for me, this is always a considerable blow. We set goals on which we have and want to work in the long term and suddenly one is not allowed to do anything anymore. I then always literally see my muscles shrink and think desperately on how far this will throw me back in my training, what I will have to catch upon again, what I have worked so hard for and now will have to regain, and worst of all where I could be already if I would not have to stop training. egins with his time when it comes to a really quite ok, but you can not train?

So how can you pass time when you are not allowed to train, but actually feeling quite fit?
Here are a few ideas how you can still get the most out of your mandatory break!

1. Set your illness back into perspective

Whenever I am cocky and too much at odds with ‘my destiny’, I think of a dear friend who has a heart disease and to whom already the simplest everyday tasks can be a true challenge. We are not aware how much strength the simplest daily activities, such as, for example, carrying groceries up the stairs, already demand of our bodies and how thankful we should be that our bodies do that day in day out without a murmur. What are two weeks? Clearly it is a bummer, but cheer up. There are always people who are affected worse and for a longer time than you. So, set your illness back into perspective and thank your body, that all the other time, he lets you do your crazy stuff.

2. Pamper yourself with really good food

Let’s be honest. In everyday life and especially between work and training, we often eat just what gets in our way. We have a large board on Pinterest with all the dishes that we absolutely want to try one day and the board exist roughly since the invention of Pinterest. Now you are having time! For me, food is a reward and so when I am not allowed to train, I look for a little fancier dishes that I would usually prepare. Or I simply treat myself, for example, to this crazy chocolate (just cause I can):

healthy maple sea salt hot chocolate

3. Watch your saved Facebook videos

Yvonne Smink or you, we all save at least 10 videos  per day on Facebook that we find inspirational and want to learn from in the future, but actually, never watch again. Now you finally have the time to go through all your saved Facebook videos. Take notes about the tricks and create a workout plan. At this, you are well prepared for your training, as soon as you are allowed to again.

4. Update your workout playlist

Another thing that is neglected during everyday Pole training: the workout playlist. One cannot even speak of musical inspiration anymore, but you would be able to sing along any of your 300 songs if one would wake you up in the middle of the night. The good news, since you do not have anything else to do at the moment, you finally have time to search for some new music, add your current favorite songs to your playlist and delete some old ones. You will thank yourself during your next training session.

5. Pamper your body

Your body has let you down and basically is to blame for your involuntary break? In this case, read again bullet point one and then do something good for yourself. If you can, why not treat yourself to a day in the Spa and let yourself be spoiled? Or treat yourself to that massage you always wanted to try? Or take care of your body (and this applies mostly to me), what you have long wanted to take care of, like, for example, your nails or waxing. Your mental attitude is an important influence of your body’s healing process. Instead of feeling anger and frustration, make the best out of it and make sure that you are feeling good.

6. Learn something useful that helps you with your later training

During our training, many questions arise, whether in relation to our body, exercises or our diet. There are many great books (that you finally have time to read) and that upgrade your fitness education. This can have a significant impact on your further training and only be beneficial for your.
Here are a few reading suggestions from my side:

Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts delivers the exercises, programming, and advice you need for the results you want. Based on the anatomical features unique to women, this new guide sets the standard for women’s strength training.

The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation.

Our gut is at the core of who we are. Gut: The Inside Story of our Body’s Most Underrated Organ gives the alimentary canal its long-overdue moment in the spotlight. With quirky charm, rising science star Giulia Enders explains the gut’s magic. Our gut reactions, we learn, are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being.

And if you do not like reading that much, there are lots of other ways to increase your knowledge. Body+Pole, for example, sells online classes that could you watch throughout your break and thus receive new inspiration and ideas for your further training.

Have I forgotten something? What do you do when you are ill and not allowed to exercise? Is there something that always lifts your spirits?

Get well soon. xxx