Reader Recs: How To Occupy Your Mind During Injury

See what our readers do when injured to stay active.


We love being able to connect with our readers about all things running. Another thing we love? The community that we’ve built for runners to share their knowledge, struggles and victories with one another. You’re always ready to help other runners on the journey to PRs, marathon finishes and more and we are so glad to be able to help make it happen.

Today, we asked our readers:
If you’ve ever been injured, what are some creative ways to occupy your mind so you don’t go stir crazy?

Here’s what they had to say…

…on Facebook:

Kecskés Timi: Do other sports depending on the type of injury. Strengthen your upper body, go swimming, cycling, yoga. Take your rest. Don’t go crazy!

Schans Bo: Well first I cried. Then I began riding my bike.

Jennifer Raby: Any other activity that won’t aggravate the injury: Swimming, spinning, or even just upper body exercises. Take it as an opportunity to focus on other parts of the body!

Emma Baldwin: Yoga yoga yoga!!!!! Perfect for speeding recovery, strengthening your body & calming your mind.

Katie Beth: Swim if you can! This is how I prevent injury as well!

Julie Tremlin: Swimming definitely getting my early morning fix every day at the moment!

…on Twitter:

@EricaMichelle88: I swim.

@ashley_lauretta: I take the time to read up on the sport I love!

After going through the responses, our readers love yoga and swimming during a running injury the most!

Have a question you’d like to ask the community? Tweet us at @womensrunning with the hashtag #ReaderRecs!

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