Maria Menounos: It Took Me Almost A Year To Recover From 'Dancing With The Stars' Injuries

The Extra TV host says she now feels "like a bird let out of its cage."

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Like many contestants, Maria Menounos suffered her fair share of injuries while competing on 'Dancing With the Stars' last year.

And while competing on the show was difficult enough, the Extra host tells Celebuzz that the road to recovery was just as tough.

"It took me almost a full year to heal," Menounos said in a recent interview. "I feel like a bird let out of its cage. I wanted to go on a huge hike before my basketball game [the other day]. My boyfriend looked at me and said, 'Maria, you can't go crazy.' So, I played three-straight hours of basketball. As we speak, I'm soaking in Epsom salt baths because I can barely walk. My calves are like rock. [Laughs]"

"I still have bone swelling, ironically," she continued. "If I cant get that fixed in a year, Ill just have to live."

Despite the injuries, Menounos -- who suffered a fractured foot, two broken ribs and more -- says she'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

"If they ask me [to return] tomorrow, I’d be back in a second," she said. "I loved it -- broken bones and all. Clearly, it was a greatest experience of my life. Most people get fractured and they quit. I had seven [fractures] and two broken ribs and I was like, 'Bring it on!'. It wasn’t about winning. It was really the experience and learning. I had so much fun and getting to perform in front of millions of people. It was an amazing journey."

In the meantime, Menounos is keeping plenty busy with other Hollywood ventures.

On her list: teaming up with Avocados from Mexico to film a new PSA aimed to promote positive self-esteem through healthy eating.

"Healthy eating is really important to me -- and health in general -- so I’ve always been on board with anyone who’s going to pass on a really good message that can influence people into making better choices," she said.

"Avocados are just a good choice in fruit," she continued. "That has so many nutrients in it ... I had an avocado tree in my yard for years and got to learn so many different ways to use it and enjoy it. I’ve been a fan for a long time -- actually since I moved to Los Angeles, which was 13 years ago this summer."

For more on Avocados From Mexico, visit the official website.

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