Anonymous asked: Hey, I'm Kelly. I'm 17 and got my drivers licence at the beginning of the year, surprise surprise I was in hospital by March because I got into a crash and now i've got this scar on my stomach. I've been working out on the sly because my doctor said 'no rigorous activity' but I took it a step too far in the gym and damaged the scar tissue so I had to go back in. I'm still running 30mins in the morning and swim 3/7 days a week but is there anything else (like a watered-down version of ab-crunches) I can do? And are there any foods I should flat-out avoid. Because I eat pretty much everything :) Thanks mate.
Hi Kelly! It’s best you listen to your doctor if he/she said you should take it easy. I don’t know the nature of your injuries or how long they will take to heal so I’m not going to contradict your dr’s advice. Your body is working hard & using it’s resources to recover from whatever happened during the crash. You don’t want to add additional stress to your body by forcing it to recover from your workouts as well, especially if you’ve already re-aggravated your injuries like you said. If anything, simply walking around more or going about your daily activities (nothing strenuous) would allow your body to heal as quickly as possible. Once you’ve gotten over your injuries, you can slowly ease into running & swimming. Until then, you’ve got to be really careful about what you eat. Since you won’t have the increased caloric usage from physical activity until you fully recover, you only need to eat enough to cover your daily activities. No junk food, no fatty or fried food, no processed or manufactured food. All that stuff is loaded with calories but has very little nutritional value. If your body is recovering from injury, it needs real nutrition to heal & rebuild. If you feed it lots of calories w/o the nutrients it needs, you’ll only gain weight and your body will take longer to heal. Hope this helps. Be safe on the road and I hope you get better soon!