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4 Fun Activities When You Are Recovering From An Injury

4 Fun Activities When You Are Recovering From An Injury

As we grow older, we are more likely to injure ourselves over the smallest of things, as our body becomes more frail and brittle. While this is a notion many of us will refuse to accept, it is the simple act of growing older and not being able to perform certain heavy-duty activities or even doing simple tasks with the same vigor.

As an older adult, it is within your best interests (and the interests of your loved ones) to adapt to your new boundaries so that you do not injure yourself, but sometimes we can be incredibly careful and still end up injuring ourselves. Fractures are the most common injury among older adults, and if you were to succumb to a fracture (be it from a fall or something else), you will need to allow your body time to heal.

If you have experienced an injury and are healing, how should you spend your time? Taking the time to heal, although necessary, can be boring and tedious for some. Here are a few fun activities to keep you entertained while you are recovering from an injury.

1.      Play Games

There are many games for you to play and, even if you are new to the world of online gaming, it isn’t too difficult to pick up. If you have a family member or friend who is extremely tech-savvy, then ask them to set you up with a laptop so that you can play games in your bed if this is where you will be spending a lot of your time while healing. You can either play online casino games – look for free spin bonuses at bonus.ca to play for free – or you can install a gaming platform such as Steam and download some games through this platform instead. There is no age limit on learning to play video games, and with such a variety available, there are sure to be a few that interest you and keep you occupied.

2.      Catch Up on Your Favorite Shows

Finding the time to keep on top of our TV shows can be difficult, but this can be the perfect time to sit back and watch all the episodes you have lined up. Of course, you may have recorded them straight from the TV, but if do have a streaming platform such as Netflix or Hulu, this can be an easier way to watch your episodes one after another. Having these streaming platforms also provides you with a pool of TV shows and movies to watch too. Simply create an account (you can try it out for a month before committing), select a genre, and see what they have to offer you. As it stands, here are the best TV shows of 2021 so far.

3.      Pick Up a Hobby

activitiesHobbies may be limited due to your inability to move as much as you usually would, but that does not mean you cannot participate in any hobby whatsoever. For instance, you may want to pick up drawing or painting, as this does not require you to stand up or even walk around. You may also want to start knitting. While certain hobbies such as gardening may not be feasible depending on your injuries, there are many other low-impact hobbies that do not require you to move much or put pressure on your joints.

4.      Invite Friends and Family Round More

Being limited in movement does not mean that you cannot socialize, and after a year or so of not being able to see your loved ones, you may want to make the most of coronavirus limitations being lifted and invite a few friends and family members around for a catch-up.

When inviting them over, be frank with them so that they know that your mobility may not be as good as it used to be and that they may need to help make teas or coffee if you are inviting them around for a drink. However, you can prepare for their arrival by ordering food and drink online, delivered to your door. You can even organize a little coffee morning that includes cake!

Take this time to socialize with your grandchildren, too. Remember that it is believed that spending time with your grandchildren can have benefits and even promote good health. Although you may not be able to participate in physical activity with your grandchildren, you can still see them, speak to them, and watch them run around and play or engage with them in a conversation. Speaking with family members can reduce stress and increase your serotonin levels.

Your number one priority when recovering from an injury is to ensure that you are looking after yourself and not putting too much pressure on your body. Listen to your doctor to ensure that you are doing everything possible to speed up your recovery time.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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