“Scheduling your rehab exercises is one of the most important parts of a successful rehabilitation.”
–Your Physical Therapist
Well, maybe your physical therapist didn’t say those exact words to you, but he/she probably said something similar… Right? Well, whether this is news to you or not, we’ll discuss why an exercise plan is the key to a successful rehabilitation.
The Importance of Developing an Exercise Plan for Rehab
When you have goals that you want to reach, you’re much more inclined to achieve them. It’s all a matter of knowing what steps you’re going to take and when you’re going to take them. Creating a schedule can provide you with a clear vision and keep you accountable to that vision!
How to Develop Your Exercise Plan
First, answer these questions:
- What do you want to achieve?
- How long do you think it will take to achieve it?
- What barriers do you think you’ll hit?
Now, print out a calendar and schedule your exercises with your goals in mind. Don’t sell yourself short by giving yourself too much time, but don’t be too easy on yourself either. Be realistic and balanced. Constantly ask yourself, “How can I get to my rehabilitation goals without burning out?”
To determine how much rest you need in between each set, refer to these Training Guidelines. Remember, rest is incredibly important to your recovery, so don’t overbook yourself.
(See our article on the importance of sleep for a detailed explanation of the power of rest)
Give Yourself Options
After you’ve finished making your schedule, write down what you’ll do if/when you hit a barrier. Will you schedule in a week of rest or just slow things down for a couple weeks? Making the decision now will prevent you from giving up later. Consider it your Plan B in case Plan A doesn’t work out.
Alright I Have My Plan, Now What?
Now that you’ve just completed your schedule, the next step is to start recording your outcomes after every session. This will help keep you motivated and focused on your improvement instead of on how much farther you have to go. By tracking your progress, you’ll be able to see just how far you’ve come!
Do you know someone who doesn’t schedule their rehab exercises? Share this article with them as a little positive encouragement.