Those who are suffering with alcohol or drug addiction will often become malnourished. This takes a toll on the body both physically and mentally. Physically damaging areas of your body such as: muscles, malnutrition, cardiovascular, and reduce immunity. Which is why exercise as well as proper nutrition during recovery is essential to maintaining sobriety.
3 Primary Benefits Of Exercise During Addiction Recovery Include:
1. Regular Exercise Leads To A Positive Outlook On Life
Alcohol or drug abuse often goes hand in hand with depression. A morning run or afternoon workout will lead you to feel great afterwards because your brain releases endorphins during exercise. This helps create more positive thinking about yourself and life while reducing depression symptoms. It’s recommended to partake in exercises that you will most likely enjoy such as: running, walking, hiking, yoga, etc. Other psychological benefits include:
- Less stress
- More confidence
- Mental clarity
- Mood enhancement
2. Enhanced Physical Health And Wellness
Your body goes through a lot of changes during treatment. It’s proven that exercise helps heal your body, not just from addiction, but reduces other health risks such as: diabetes, depression, low immune system, and cancer. By exercising regularly, your body will go through positive changes such as:
- Weight loss
- More energy
- Healthy cardiovascular system
- More sleep
3. Keeps You Focused On One Thing: Recovery
Exercising will help keep your mind focused and reduce the cravings of alcohol or drugs. It will help add structure to your life if you have specific work out goals and times that are scheduled in your daily routine. It also takes up time, which alleviates more down town to think about using drugs or alcohol. By having a healthy lookout and direction helps keep your mind focused and your body physically healthy. All working together to reduce the chances of relapse.
Exercise is most effective if you begin at a moderate pace and work your way up. You don’t want to start off pushing yourself too much because it could lead to physical injury. Stay at your own pace and remember to maintain a positive attitude.
It’s been known that individuals who partake in exercise activities during and after treatment has led to less desire to use drugs or alcohol. Also, this has led to an improved lifestyle quality.
Thank your body and mind for all that they do for you every day. You have another chance to reward your body. Exercise and nutrition are a great option.
You have the choice to make a physical and mental change. If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, don’t hesitate to seek help today. Call us to learn more about our program options!