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Chocolate and Sunshine for Injury Recovery

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Injuries can be one of the most frustrating thing for athletes, but the way you approach your recovery can make the difference between and long, painful recovery and a quick, relatively painless one! While there are not many things in life that I would consider myself an expert on, injury recovery might be one of them! After going through 10 major surgeries in the last 10 years I have learned a few tips to have a speedy and happy recovery! If you are going through any sort of recovery give these ideas a shot!

  1. Stay Connected! One of the best things I have found about Pure Barre is that it’s more then just a workout… it is a community. Everyone at my local Pure Barre studio has always been so supportive during my recoveries. The love and motivation from them pushes me to work hard towards getting back to the barre. They also have several events at the studio that you can attend that don’t require working out! The picture below is myself, and my best Pure Barre friend at the annual Pure Barre Beverly Hills Sip and Shop!
  2. Celebrate the Small Victories! Most recently I underwent hip surgery on both hips. The first day I was able to sit cross-legged again I nearly threw myself a party! I kept showing my boyfriend that I could sit like that again…I was so happy! It seems like such a small thing to celebrate, but it is so important in injury recovery to recognize any improvements you make! Give yourself credit for any progress and don’t sweat the things you can’t yet do!
  3. Vitamin D! Research suggests that Vitamin D may act as a powerful anti-inflammatory aiding in recovery. If you don’t get 30 minutes per day of sunshine you may want to consider supplementation. I would suggest at least 2000 IU per day if you are trying to recover from injury!
  4. Magnesium! A large percentage of Americans are low in Magnesium, which may hinder recovery. Try upping your intake of Magnesium through dark leafy green vegetables or chocolate! If you go for the chocolate, look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa for maximum benefits!

I hope these tips help you have a quick recovery!!

– Dana Ryan has a PhD in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness as well as a Master’s in Kinesiology and a certificate in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Performance. She currently teaches and conducts research at two universities in Los Angeles. Dana’s passion is to help others improve their life and health through exercise and nutrition!

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