There are many lifestyle factors that interconnect for holistic health and recovery. The interplay of the eight personal lifestyle factors is critical. Imagine a wheel rolling smoothly along. Each section is balanced. If any section is damaged or ignored, then the wheel bumps along or stops rolling altogether. Getting balance is the difficult part, but it is wonderful when things are balanced together. Many things can disrupt the balance. When that happens, call on the other lifestyle factors to help support the wheel until it can be repaired.
Here is an example:
Sometimes, surgery is necessary. That is a sure way to disrupt your physical activity and the smoothly running wheel. And if you are headed into surgery, be sure to have a plan in place before hand. Set a goal for your physical activity even if it is different from normal. Write it down so you can look at it. For example, “I will do my exercises every 2 hours so I can walk to the bathroom in 2 weeks.” “I will do my passive range of motion exercises so I can restore my shoulder mobility for when I return to crossfit.” Whatever you are working toward set a goal for that specific lifestyle factor. Also, set up a plan for how you will manage during recovery.
Use the other lifestyle factors to help compensate so the wheel keeps running. Call on family and social relationships to help with transportation and meals when you are unable to perform them on your own. Increase your rest periods as adequate rest improves healing. This is a critical time period to eat whole nutrient rich foods to provide your body with adequate vitamins and minerals for healing.
If you develop a plan, you are more likely to succeed in achieving your goals.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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