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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

5 Ways Exercise Can Help Addiction Recovery

Physical exercise is an essential part of your recovery toolbox — and it also lays the foundation for your new sober lifestyle. Even if you hate to exercise, it’s hard to dispute the many post-workout benefits, including more energy, less stress, better mood, and clearer thinking.

Perhaps, most importantly, making exercise part of your treatment plan can increase your chances of staying clean and sober, according a study published in Mental Health and Physical Activity. Researchers found that exercise helped patients being treated for substance abuse gain greater confidence in their ability to recover. 

Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons to make fitness part of your short- and long-term recovery plan.

  1. You’ll reduce cravings. Physical activity activates the brain’s “pleasure circuit,” reducing substance cravings and elevating the production of “feel-good” neurotransmitters.
  2. You’ll keep boredom at bay. You’ve likely heard the adage, idle hands do the devil's work. Well, this can ring true in recovery, which is why filling your day with healthy and supportive activities is crucial.
  3. You’ll sleep better. Sleepless nights may be all-too familiar if you’re in recovery. This is because addiction messes with your circadian rhythms. Regular exercise can help restore your normal sleep cycle, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
  4. You’ll work out your anger, frustrations, and stress. Part of your post-addiction lifestyle will include finding a healthy way to manage your emotions — and a good sweat session may be just what you need.  
  5. You’ll get stronger and more confident. When you exercise, you’ll have more energy and feel more fit and trim – and, in turn, you’ll improve your self-perception. And the new-and-improved you will be ready to meet the many challenges you’ll face in recovery!
Finding Fitness That’s Right for You
The Haven at Pismo helps you develop a fitness program tailored to your health needs, lifestyle preferences, and addiction history. In an idyllic, beach-town setting, Haven clients have the opportunity to participate in indoor and outdoor activities that repair the physical and psychological damage caused by substance abuse. For more information, call 805-202-3440.