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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Exercise

In a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, it was found that exercise provided important support to those engaged in drug addiction treatment, and that a maintained exercise program often translated into maintained abstinence. That’s great news because it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help yourself in recovery, and it’s something that you can pick up no matter where you are in the process of leaving drugs and alcohol in the past.

Would you like help finding a drug rehab program that prioritizes the connection between the mind, body and spirit as you go through the addiction treatment process? Contact us today to find a top holistic luxury drug and alcohol rehab that will be able to meet your needs.

The Benefits of Exercise to Your Recovery

What benefit does your attention to physical fitness bring to your recovery from drug and alcohol addiction? So many!

  • Structure. It’s one more thing to fill your day that’s positive – and keeps you out of trouble.
  • A sense of accomplishment. Before you see any results in terms of weight loss or toning, just completing a few workouts in a row can give you a sense of accomplishment, which can encourage you as you deal with situations that may make you want to drink or get high.
  • “Happy chemicals.” Endorphins kick in when you exercise, making you feel good. When you feel good, you’re less likely to relapse.
  • Improved self-esteem. When you look better, you feel better about yourself – more confident, more independent, more powerful. All of these things will make you more effective in your recovery.

Exercise Options You Can Start Today

No matter what the state of your health or your fitness level, you can start to exercise safely today. Some options include:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Swimming

Which Exercises Will Best Benefit Your Recovery?

The exercise options you choose should be based on your goals for yourself. Do you want to meet new people? Joining a beginners’ sports league for adults, joining a gym, or taking a dance/yoga/martial arts class can help you to accomplish that. Do you want to lose weight? You can join a group of likeminded people who walk together and share tips on what works and what doesn’t. Do you want to bulk up? A personal trainer can help you do that and make the most effective use of your time.

As always, don’t push yourself too hard and too fast or have unrealistic expectations. Start small, get expert guidance, and keep at it!

Warning! Talk to Your Doctor

Long-term drug addiction can take a toll on your body, weakening the heart and the respiratory system and putting you in a position to really hurt yourself if you push your physical exertion level too far too fast. Should this deter from you incorporating exercise into your day during recovery? No way! Instead, talk to your doctor about what’s healthy for you and set doctor-prescribed limits on your heart rate before you begin.

Do You Want to Find a Drug Rehab That Prioritizes Your Health and Fitness?

We can help you do that. Contact us at the phone number listed above and speak to a counselor about your “wish list” for rehab and we’ll match you with the best program for you.