In our active addiction many of us were constantly looking for an easy way to relieve pain or stress. In active recovery, we can choose to alleviate that stress with a much healthier alternative. Studies have found that exercise can curb cravings and reduce the appeal to use again, preventing a possible slip. Not only does regular exercise help with the phenomenon of craving but it also can reduce many other addiction related health issues. Daily exercise can give you the extra pep in your step to help you deal with everyday life.
Exercise and Your Health
Few things are more highly recommended for a healthy lifestyle than regular exercise and good nutrition. It improves flexibility, cardiovascular health strength, coordination and much more. Whether you are doing simple cardio exercises or engaging in a challenging weight lifting routine, all forms of exercise can be beneficial. Occasionally health concerns could lead to a recommendation to avoid major exercise. But these are extreme cases and not very typical.Medical studies have proven time again the ability for regular exercise to reduce stress and clear the mind. It helps establish focus and progress oriented actions. All of these characteristics can be beneficial to those going through an addiction treatment program. We look to get the same benefits of exercise in addiction recovery at The Last Resort. For this reason, we offer many exercise based therapies and strongly recommend them as a great addition to a mens rehab experience.There are many benefits of exercise in addiction therapy. Combining an enjoyable but challenging exercise routine can help the body adjust to sobriety, fight cravings, and help to establish new healthy habits. Addiction can often form bad habits, by creating habits that focus on personal health and progress you create a more positive personal environment and mindset.
Some Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery Include:
- Natural release of endorphins (runners high)
- Stress relief
- Increased self-esteem
- Clearer thinking
- Reduced Cravings
The Mayo Clinic describes exercise as “meditation in motion.” Through movement, we can refocus our thoughts on our own well-being and shift away from thinking about the negative aspects of our lives. After a workout, many say they feel rejuvenated and have clearer thoughts. The benefits of exercise in addiction recovery are both physical and mental.
Developing an Exercise Routine
A key element of this is to do something you love. If you are new to working out, joining a local gym or exercise class can be a great way to be introduced to the activity while staying motivated with the help of others. Maybe you don’t have access to work out equipment or a trainer, but even a simple jogging regimen can be a perfect option for you. The more you enjoy the particular form of exercise, the easier it will be to make it a regular part of your life. Also, do not trade one addiction for another. Though uncommon, there are cases of exercise addiction. Over exercising can have equally harmful effects on the mind and body.
Start slow, then build up to a routine. Maybe begin by taking long walks then build up to a run. Especially if you choose to begin a high intensity activity, like weightlifting, start slowly and with proper instruction. Health is the name of the game, don’t overdo it and hurt yourself in the process. Enlist a workout buddy to keep you motivated. Before long you will see the benefits of exercise in addiction recovery. You will feel better, sleep more soundly and feel capable to take on the challenges you will face in recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we can help!