Addiction recovery isn’t easy. It requires you to make a lot of life changes all at once. Why, then, would you add another big change to your list unless you absolutely have to? Specifically, why would you take up regular exercise as part of your recovery lifestyle?
The short answer: Because exercise is good for you, and it can actually make the addiction recovery journey easier. There are many benefits to regular workouts. Here are just a few of them.
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.
As you pursue a life of recovery, make sure you incorporate some daily exercise. Even something as simple as a brisk morning walk can make a big difference. Learn more about healthy recovery habits by reaching out to the addiction counselors at Seacliff Recovery.Reach out to Seacliff for more recovery resources!