Exercise is an invaluable part of the recovery process. Getting a little physical activity each day can not only help you relieve stress; it also gives you energy, it elevates your mood, and it helps you maintain physical health.

For many, though, daily physical activity is hard to come by—especially for those who are already busy with full-time jobs or academic pursuits. The good news is, there are plenty of small ways you can work exercise into your everyday life.

How to Add Exercise to Your Daily Life

  1. Take a morning walk.

Before you start your daily routine, take 20 or 30 minutes to take a brisk walk through your neighborhood—a great way to begin each day with some invigorating physical exertion!

  1. Make good use of your lunch breaks.

Say you get 45 minutes for lunch each day. You can eat your lunch in 10, then use the rest of that time to walk around your office park or college campus.

  1. Walk to nearby errands.

If you need to grab something from the store that’s just a mile or so away, consider either walking there or taking your bicycle.

  1. Stop taking the elevator.

Do you live on the fourth floor of an apartment building? Start taking the stairs rather than riding the elevator. You’ll burn more calories than you might think you would!

  1. Take a class in the evening.

Finally, see if your local YMCA or fitness center has a late afternoon or early evening class you can take when you finish at work each day—a good way to kill some stress at the end of a tough shift.

There are plenty of ways to work physical activity into your daily life—and the effects on your physical, mental, and emotional health will be profound.

Reach out to Seacliff Recovery to learn more about the addiction process.

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