There are many ways to commit yourself to recovery—to taking care of your body and your mind. One of the best is to engage in some kind of regular, physical exercise. How you exercise is almost beside the point. Walking, jogging, free weights, yoga, aerobic classes—all can be beneficial. The important thing is to pick something you might actually enjoy and then stay committed to it, perhaps even enlisting a workout buddy for some added accountability.

There are several ways in which physical fitness promotes and enhances recovery—among them:

  • It adds structure to your life. For those in recovery, having a clear sense of structure to each day can be invaluable—and if you have scheduled workout sessions each morning or afternoon, that’s a big step toward a more principled, disciplined day.
  • More generally, it consumes time. Idle time is often a dangerous thing for those in recovery, as it can lead to spirals of self-doubt or of guilt. Staying busy is key—and what better way to stay busy than with physical fitness?
  • Exercise also generates energy. That’s why so many people prefer to work out in the morning: It provides energy for the rest of the day. Engage in physical fitness and you’ll have a surplus of vigor with which to tackle your other responsibilities and commitments!
  • Finally, working out can lead to an overall more positive outlook. The release of endorphins and other “feel-good” hormones, triggered by physical activity, can help you face the challenges of recovery with a truly optimistic perspective.

If you want to resolve to put your recovery first, then, you could do a lot worse than to create a fitness plan for yourself. Make yours today—and then make sure you stick with it!

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