Hannah Brown got candid with fans as she opened up about the lingering injuries she's had since competing on Dancing with the Stars.
While taking a walk on Saturday, the former Bachelorette star, 26, shared a series of videos on her Instagram Story, revealing that she hasn't been able to workout in nearly half a year as she continues to deal with the trauma her body endured during the ABC dance competition.
"I'm going on a little walk. I feel like I've been not as open about my life with you guys, so I'm gonna try to share more. I think this political climate and with COVID has been hard for all of us and me too," Brown began in her video. "Usually when I'm struggling, dealing with my mental health, I can go to working out. Well, for the past five months, maybe almost six, I haven't been able to work out like I used to."
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"It really brought me down because I didn't know another way. I'm either zero [or] 100. All in, [or] nothing. And I definitely let it get me down," she continued.
However, Brown — who took home the Mirrorball Trophy in season 28 of DWTS — said she is "starting to finally get that motivation back."
"And I want to share it with you guys, because I think a lot of us can relate to going a long time without working out, and sometimes it feels impossible to start again," she told her fans. "We're all coming from different sizes, different abilities, but for the first time in my life, I feel like I can understand somebody who is out of shape. I am right there with you."
Then, the reality star revealed that she's gone to physical therapy due to injuries that were put under "additional stress" from her time on DWTS.
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"I am still going to the doctor and trying to figure it out but I think a lot of my body hurting comes from some issues that started on Dancing with the Stars and I just kept going from zero to 100 — I'm either all or nothing — and pushed it too much to where I now have, like, some issues that I am having to deal with physical therapy," she said. "So I've been doing that mostly and then going on some walks and bike rides, but honestly, that's it."
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Brown said that while the last few months have been "tough," she also realized that many of her followers could probably "relate" to her.
"I'm just trying to be more honest about where I'm at," she said. "I just want to feel good and I haven't felt good because I haven't been able to work out the way that I feel like my body needs. So instead of being zero or 100, I'm going to learn to show up where I can be right now, whether that's 50 percent, 60 percent, 35 percent my best; you've got to start somewhere."
Going forward, Brown said she plans to explore "new workout methods" as she adjusts and listens to what her body needs.
Last year, Brown notably shared snippets of her intense workouts while quarantining with her Bachelorette runner-up Tyler Cameron and current Bachelor Matt James in Florida.
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