Best Reasons to Regularly Exercise In Recovery From Addiction

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Do you exercise in recovery from addiction?

It might sound like a stupid question but, trust me – it’s really not.

I can pretty much guarantee that you didn’t exercise in active addiction. And no matter how many days, weeks, months, or years you have been sober. It’s hard to start exercising when you’ve never given it much thought before.

Don’t Make It Boring

If you want to maintain a sober healthy lifestyle then exercise has to become part of your routine.

Do you absolutely dread the idea of eating the right foods and daily exercise? It sounds so bland, monotonous, and definitely not exciting.

Let me clue you in on something real quick…

Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring.

For many of us, the idea of regular exercise might seem like a nightmare. But there are so many ways to keep fit.

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You need to find ways to stay active that you enjoy.

Regular exercise does not mean that you have to go to the gym every single day. You may discover that you like to climb, kayak, run, play baseball, do roller derby or just go for long walks.

There are several excellent advantages to regular exercise in recovery from addiction. Exercise helps you to stay healthy not just in your body but also in your mind.

Keep reading for several benefits of getting your ass in gear by choosing to exercise.

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1. Exercise Is Great for De-stressing

Finding healthy ways to deal with stress in your life can be difficult.

All kinds of things can cause you different types of stress. From everyday frustrations at work to more serious issues in your personal life.

Physical activity is fantastic for helping you to deal with stress. It gets you moving and can help you out when you have a lot on your mind.

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Some people find that it helps them clear their mind and distract them from their problems. Others use their time exercising to sort through their thoughts.

Personally, I love kick-boxing and beating the shit out of a punching bag. It relieves my stress, tension that I let build up, and anger.

2. Keeping Fit Occupies Your Time

Being bored can be dangerous when you’re trying to resist temptation. If you have nothing better to do, you can fall back into bad habits.

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Exercising regularly gives you something to occupy your time. Not only can you pick up a new hobby, but you can also find things to do that help you to make new friends.

Sober activities are also one of the best ways to find like-minded friends. Truthfully, not many people decide to go to the bar or smoke crack after an intense Zumba class or 5-mile bike ride.

It’s even more unlikely to be drinking while going for a run or training for an event.

3. Make Exercise Part of Your Routine

Establishing a routine is important for many people in recovery. It gives you stability and direction so that you can keep your life more balanced.

Exercise needs to be an addition to your sober lifestyle. Whether you do a little of it every day or you choose to have some longer exercise sessions a few times a week. Staying active is the way to be.

If you are in a treatment center or sober living home it depends on the particular treatment center and their schedule but, even if you can’t join an aerobic class or do tai chi. You can bust out those stomach crunches a few time a day. Not to mention, in halfway houses and inpatient rehab, you are typically on the move 24/7.

If you have your own home and are currently creating the sober life you want then add fitness to your daily planner.

Many people start their day with some physical activity, whether it’s going for a run or doing some yoga. Others like to end their day with exercise to get rid of their energy or de-stress at the end of their workday.

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4. Improve Your Mood

Did you know that exercise really does improve your mood?

It releases happy hormones so that when you work out, you feel good about yourself afterward. Even if you find the exercise itself is tough, you will discover that you usually experience a good mood once you have finished.

Mood changes are a HUGE problem in early recovery. Yet, our crazy moods can continue on for a long damn time. Your brain and body got pretty messed up by using.

But, when you start to exercise in recovery from addiction, your body, hormones, and all the other stuff begins to fix itself. To balance out.

Only 30 minutes of physical activity each day can help to improve your mood. In my opinion, it’s an excellent way to start your day on the right foot.

5. Boost Your Energy and Sleep

Exercising on a consistent basis can boost both your energy and your sleep quality.

Even though you’re using lots of energy to work out, it will also help to improve your energy in the long-term. Your body will feel less lethargic, and your mind will feel more alert too.

At the same time, you can find that regular exercise helps you to sleep more and helps you to sleep better too. Better sleep improves both your physical and mental health.

So anything that helps to improve your sleep patterns is good for you.

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6. Healthier Immune System

Yes, regular exercise can even help to boost your immune system. That is something we all need after our past addiction.

A stronger immune system protects you from everyday illnesses like coughs and colds. But it can also help to prevent more serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

If you want to be a healthier person in both body and mind, the best things you can do are to exercise more and eat a healthy diet.

Exercising can do more for your immune system than taking vitamin C supplements. Let’s not forget all the other benefits we just talked about.

Exercise in Recovery From Addiction Is Part of A Healthy Life

Choosing to exercise in recovery from addiction is one of the best decisions you can make for your sober lifestyle.

In recovery, we need EACH AND EVERY ONE of the benefits listed above.

Being sober is more than just not using drugs, it’s a new start. A different life than what we thought we were destined to live. A sober lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle and that’s what we want.

After all, you are creating a kick-ass sober life, you need to be able to physically handle it and be at your very best.

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