So how do u deal with post hernia surgery & not being able to workout intensely for 6 months (assuming that’s what the doc said)
It’s a test for you to realize how you handle difficult situations
Are u able to adapt fast or just whine around like most people?
Hernias can happen for many reasons (they told me that I was born with a weak abdominal wall, so it could happen with anything)
But after this injury messing up my “perfect schedule” of working out, eating right, sleeping & doing it all over again…I got depressed & frustrated
I got worried because I couldn’t train for a couple of months comfortably…
I was too used to being not sedentary that being told to just rest & not move, pretty much fucked up my whole flow of activities & goals
I had been working hard to build muscle and to get a hernia felt like somebody bitch slapped me to tell me that I should stop training
What I didn’t realize back then, Is that this was a test to see how I handle difficult situations, change of “planned” plans and too see if I can keep my mental edge
To have this silly injury pretty much crated havoc on what was most important to me at the time:
That was all my life and to have it be taken away for a bit felt like somebody stabbed me on the heart
Am being a little dramatic here, but the point I wanna make is that being this guy that worked out was my identity
And once I couldn’t be this guy I collapsed into depression (even tough I wasn’t aware of it at the time )
You probably are going to a similar situation where training might be all you do and this hernia pretty much told you: STOP!
So what can you do?
Well first realize that yeah you will lose muscle & Strength…am sorry it will just happen…so accept it and be cool with this
But If your gains were from real muscle and strength that you had fought so hard trough hard work then don’t worry as you will be able to get it back later…it will take some time but you will for sure get your hard work back
The big part in this dilemma is staying cool with this hardship and just finding a way to make the best out of it
- Keep waking up and stay moving to not lose the habit of being active
- Do basic Bodyweight moves in order to maintain your muscles active
- And take care of yourself: listen to your body & slowly progress onto more advanced moves & using weights again slowly (you have an internal cut, so give it time to heal)
What’s most important here is to not lose your ambitious mindset with training
Since you can’t train like you did before, you gotta optimize and find little creative ways of working out
This is a life test to see how you deal with trauma in your life
It’s something that I can keep talking about, but chances are that if you currently have a hernia right now, are recovering from one, or are battling trough any injury that is messing up your ability to train normally, then you comprehend what I am saying:
You should not stop training and moving…yes you can’t do what you did before, but you can always find creative ways to get work done
And if you already feel sad, frustrated, depressed and anxious…calm down & don’t lose your head!
- Learn to adapt and optimize: find little ways to make things happen
- Slowly as you recover you will be back to how you were
For now accept that your injured so take care of the most important person in the world: YOURSELF
So you can later come back with a vengeance, optimize your training to prevent injuries and imbalances…and be ready to kill it whit you train so you can get stronger again!
Physical Strength can be easily gained again
But mental strength, that’s something that you must cultivate, nourish and constantly work to strengthen
Gaining mental strength is not as black as white as training for physical strength, but the more obstacles you overcome the stronger mindset you will have
Injuries and hardships are part of life, without them we would be weak…so battle trough these fights and win on the face of adversity!
If your dealing with a hernia, listen to your doctor, he is a pro, so if he says to train after months lightly then listen to him, BUT also listen to yourself:
If you wanna train, do it slowly and keep progressing from there till you feel more and more confident with your ability to train intensely again
Your external cut will heal faster than your internal one so be aware of this and proceed with caution & as you feel ready
For me I was up and walking daily after 1 month from recovery, but it took me another 3 months to feel comfortable in the weight room again…for you it might be the same or take longer, whatever the case go by feel and only progress onto doing more strenuous activities once you feel comfortable
For me this hernia was a big lesson on life & how to make the best out of difficult situations…and I am grateful I went trough this injury as it made me realize how unprepared to handle adversity I was
It did suck to have to wait that long of a time to recover, but in the end I came out with a stronger mindset…and You Will Too!
It is not what happened that matters (that’s a done deal)…but how you handle this situation, that is your choice… so choose to whine about having a hernia and not being able to train or find a way to make the best out of it so you come out stronger!
If you have any questions, comments, have or want more advice on dealing with a hernia…then drop them below & I’ll do my best to help you!
Hopefully my experience helps you cope with this injury a lot better
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