July 18th, 2020 was the 6-year anniversary of my accident; the day I was hit by an SUV while walking and broke my pelvis in two places.
I posted about it here if you’d like to hear how I reframed my mindset.
Recovering from that accident was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, as I was able to show myself how capable and resilient I am, as well as how amazing my body is.
If you’ve ever been injured, or deal with aches and pains, here is how I rebuilt my body, as well as my outlook.
Before I could stand, walk, or get down on the ground, I exercised in a chair. I used light dumbbells and resistance bands to strengthen my upper body and core and eventually started working on lifting and extending my legs.
(*I will be recording and offering a few chair yoga and chair fitness videos – for free – on my site soon, so stay tuned!)
Once I was able to get down on the ground, I started doing Pilates, as it was mainly seated and lying down and therefore more accessible for me.
It strengthened my core, my inner and outer thighs, as well as my back (which are all essential for healthy hip function and support!).
Using my body weight, using my breath to support my movement, quieting my mind, focusing on balance, and stretching all had a very large impact on my recovery process.
Yoga was a very large part of rebuilding my body. It taught me a lot about body awareness, being mindful, and the importance of stretching.
Knowing My Limits
There’s an ongoing pressure to “keep up” in our society – at all ages. I have, in the past, injured myself by trying to push my limits.
Now, when it comes to my body, I have no desire to overextend myself. I’m not a ‘hand-standing, human-pretzel yogi,’ I’m not a runner, I’m not a heavy weight-lifter, and I don’t jump around.
And I’m okay with that.
I know my body’s limits, and I know my life will be just fine if I don’t lift the heaviest weights, bend my body into a pretzel, or run the furthest distance.
If I don’t properly nourish my body, my body aches.
I need to eat healthily – a variety of vegetables, healthy fat, protein, grains – in order to feel my best.
I also take a collagen supplement and find it helps my body feel supple and mobile, as well as significantly reduced aches through my hips, knees, shoulders, and back.
If you’re interested in trying the collagen, use my code 2925852 to get $10 off your first order.
My mother, Lorraine Crowe (a licensed Holistic Health & Nutrition Practitioner, as well as the creator of Rain Natural Skincare) also offers meal plans and holistic nutrition programs. It’s her meal plans and guidance that has helped me significantly in getting my “food as fuel” on track, so I highly recommend checking them out!
If you’re struggling with aches or mobility issues, I hope some of these suggestions help you. As always, please feel free to reach out anytime to me directly if you have any questions!