In my first year at Carlton, I had a horrible groin, and the whole year just looked terrifying. I was really struggling to run, and it felt like there was a lot of pressure on me. But by focussing on a day at a time, it became manageable.
After a game, I would be doing everything to get up for Wednesday’s training. That was the focus, and then after that, it was about getting up for the next game. Before you knew it, four or five games had gone by, and I hadn’t felt that anxiety for weeks.
When people are getting back into exercise, they often overestimate what they can achieve in the short term, and underestimate what they can achieve in the long term. You don’t want to go too hard, too early. You’re in it for the long haul.
At the same time, it’s helpful to set yourself up for some early wins. Have a measurable goal you know you’re going to be able to tick off after two weeks. It’ll get your confidence up, so you can make the challenges bigger as you go on.