When you’re a professional athlete like Lindsey Vonn, working out is in your DNA. It’s probably one of the reasons why she was married to golf superstar Tiger Woods, and is currently dating Kenan Smith, a member of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams coaching staff.
Vonn recently broke her arm while skiing in Colorado, but not even that could stop her from hitting the gym for some weightlifting sessions. After all, what kind of an excuse is a broken arm for getting out of a legs workout?
Not Missing A Beat
A recent Instagram post shows Vonn hitting some squats with her broken arm, making sure her legs don’t lose any strength during her time away from the slopes. And with the goal of making it back before the end of the season, staying strong and fit during the recovery process is imperative.
Other Instagram posts include Vonn performing lunges, leg presses, squats, back extensions, and even pull-ups. It’s likely that her back workouts are toned down with her broken arm, but it seems like she’s doing her best to keep her muscles in tact so they don’t atrophy.
What She’s Likely Eating
Because Vonn wants to stay strong and recover as quickly as possible, you can bet she’s eating foods that help her fight off infections, build back tissue, and rebuild bone. To do this, it’s safe to say her snacking on junk food and processed food would be kept to a minimum, while nutrient-dense items are taking over her daily diet. In order to heal and fight off further problems, she’ll need to be eating things that promote healing, while avoiding those that do nothing or cause inflammation.
Although Vonn underwent surgery, diet still plays a big role in her healing. It’s likely her current diet is rich in important nutrients like vitamin C (and other antioxidants), vitamin A, omega-3’s, zinc, protein, and calcium.
Some vitamin C-rich foods are: Citrus fruits, Bell peppers, Broccoli, Kiwi
Foods high in vitamin A include: Sunflower seeds, Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Spinach
The Best Omega-3 foods include: Salmon, Sardines, Walnuts, Flax seed
Zinc-heavy options are: Oysters, Seeds, Nuts, Chicken
Antioxidant rich snacks are: Berries, Cherries, Turneric, Ginger
Get plenty of protein with: Eggs, Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Greek yogurt
Calcium-rich foods include: Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Kale, Spinach
By eating unprocessed foods such as these, you can limit inflammation, promote cell growth and come back from injury faster. It should be noted that such a diet is not a substitute for medical attention, but does have the ability to supplement and compliment such treatment. Furthermore, if you’ve broken and bone or injured yourself, talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
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