There are many reasons to exercise on a regular basis. This is true whether you’ are an athlete or just someone who would like to get in shape or improve your health. Routine exercise helps improve the overall physical fitness of a recovering addict. Exercise can also be used as a way to release tension and boost endorphins that will help you feel better.
The Vast Benefits of an Exercise Program
Exercising regularly offers a vast number of benefits, which include:
- Boosting your immune system
- Improving your self-esteem
- Falling asleep faster and more easily
- Reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, & much more
Routine Exercise and Recovery from Addiction
Addicts can benefit greatly from regular exercise because it’s the best way to get a drug-free “natural high.” Exercise offers all of the positive benefits of drug use without any of the negative consequences. Strenuous physical activity actually stimulates the brain’s endorphins, which are also the chemicals activated by marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs. Endorphins release tension. They also reduce our overall stress levels. Additionally, they give us an overall feeling of relaxation and happiness. So, there’s a good reason you hear athletes talk about a “runner’s high”!
There are many ways of exercising, even if it’s just going for frequent walks. You can take a class, go to the gym, practice routine strength training, run outside, and much more. When done outside, exercise can even help you feel at peace through connection with your natural surroundings. At Waters Edge Recovery, we believe that getting your body in motion and working out is key to feeling alive and rejuvenated. Whatever your passion is (running, lifting weights, cardio, etc.) we strive to help you reach your goals or find a passion to uncover that will have lasting benefits.