Recovery is very challenging and is a lifelong process. For those who struggle with addiction, recovery can seem impossible. Addiction is complex and changes the way our brains function. It takes determination, encouragement, and support to maintain sobriety. In recovery, there are many challenges that could lead to a relapse. Healthy sober activities will help the mind, body, and spirit heal from addiction.
There are benefits of fitness in addiction recovery. Exercising on a regular basis will improve your mental and emotional health. It is important to have a healthy outlet to relieve stress. Physical activity while in recovery is one of the most rewarding and healthiest forms of stress relief. Exercising boosts self-esteem and confidence in staying sober. It strengthens your commitment to living substance-free.
Exercise reduces anxiety. When you workout or exercise, your body naturally releases the same endorphins that produce the euphoric feelings of being high. Drugs and alcohol change the brain physically and physiologically. This makes the brain dependent on the substances to function. When drug or alcohol use stops, the addicted brain needs to re-learn how to function without controlled substances. During treatment and recovery, exercise is a great way to relieve the effects of giving up drugs, alcohol, or other addictive behavior.
Making a lifestyle change can be overwhelming. Exercise not only lessens the effects of giving up the substances or behavior, but it strengthens your physical and mental health. Exercise improves your overall well-being. When you feel angry, sad, or frustrated, exercise helps to reduce the symptoms of negative emotions.
Admitting you need help is difficult, but you can save your life by getting help today. If you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder or addiction, do not wait to get help. Addiction is isolating and can make you feel alone, helpless, and hopeless. There is no cure for addiction, but recovery is possible and sustainable.
“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper
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