Below is a photo of me doing t-bar squats. I have been dealing with a neck injury, and I can’t put a bar across my shoulders and neck to do a normal weighted squat. I worried how I would continue to work my quadriceps without being able to do a squat–a fundamental exercise in weightlifting. But after much research, I found a new way! I definitely use less weight, but the t-bar squat works my quads and my hamstrings while forcing me to stabilize my core. I love it, and my legs were so sore the next day!
As I lift weights, I have to deal with injury. When one part of my body is hurt and/or healing, I need to be creative about continuing my workouts. People who lift weights for life take care when putting stress on their bodies. They learn to workout around injuries so not to cause further damage. Don't give up. Become creative! Click To Tweet
I think about the injuries that we occur in life–emotional ones, relational ones, mental ones and even spiritual ones. It is easy to get hurt and to give up. Many times we can get so focused on a single hurt that we stop living victoriously. To live victoriously doesn't mean to live pain free. It means to live in the victory that Jesus Christ died to give you even through the pains, hurts and chaos of this world. Click To Tweet
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16.33 NIV).
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14.27 NIV).
We can have peace that surpasses all understanding even when the world seems to be crashing down all around us (Philippians 4.7). Once we have this constant peace flowing in our lives, we can easily look for creative ways to continue pressing forward even while being injured. As we allow God’s healing presence to permeate our hurts and pains, we will heal, we will overcome and we will be victorious in that area once more.
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6.10 NLT).