Our expert says:
I feel your pain - had a torn muscle for a long time. And the groin muscle is particularly stubborn. Running unfortunately is the one that puts the most strain on the muscle, and so sadly, that will be the last thing you return to.
As you've discovered for yourself, cycling is probably the best, because there's no real loading of that muscle. Have you tried cycling outdoors - it beats indoor cycling, that's for sure, but I think runners find this transition very difficult because they do get bored.
Swimming is good, but you may find it even more boring than cycling, sadly, because really there's only one view.
It might be that you have to get creative and build yourself a little circuit in the gym that gives you say 5 min of cycling, followed by 5 min on the stair machine (this shouldn't hurt as long as you stay on your toes), then 5 min with some weights (do some core exercise - not only will it help your groin heal, it'll also help make you more "injury proof" when you do start running, then come back to 5 min on the bike, maybe 5 min orbitrainer (though this depends on whether you feel any pain doing it).
That's about the extent of what you can do. You kind of have to figure a way to make lemonade, so to speak, so that you set a new goal, maybe to get really strong in the core, or do a bit of upper body work, or something goal-oriented, because gym is really a place where training just to train doesn't work for a lot of people, and you sound like one of them.
and finally, consider seeing a physio, even if it's just once or twice. The initial treatment can knock weeks of the time out, and they can also prescribe a programme that builds the strength up to help you return to sport sooner.
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