The Benefits of Exercise During Recovery
- It helps reduce your stress. A lot of people turn to drugs or alcohol for stress relief—but what about those who are in addiction recovery? Exercise can be swapped in as an equally effective (and far healthier) stress reducer.
- It improves the quality of your sleep. A good night’s rest can give you the energy you need to tackle recovery and all the challenges that come with it. Working out during the day makes your night far more restful.
- It gives you energy. In addition to helping you sleep well, exercise unleashes energy in your body. Work out early, if you can, and reap the benefits of that extra energy throughout your day!
- It improves your mood. Working out releases “feel good” chemicals in the body, including endorphins, that provide a natural high. Tackle your recovery with positivity!
- It safeguards against disease. Addiction can put a lot of stress on your body, but exercise reverses that damage, and lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.