For Katie Burlingame, fitness played a major role in her recovery from heroin and opioid addiction, she recently told Shape magazine. “Being active helps me clear my mind, and it goes hand in hand with staying sober. It sounds cliché, but exercising gives me a different kind of high — obviously one that's better for me.”
We’ve likely said it before but it bears repeating: Exercise is perhaps one of your best tools for long-term sobriety. It boosts concentration, rids the body of toxins, tames tension, and even quiets cravings.
Still not convinced? Here are a few more benefits of getting active during addiction recovery:
- It helps you fight back. Face it: a strong body is better equipped to fend off sickness, stress, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings.
- It rebuilds your brain. Exercise, especially when combined with a traditional rehab program, exercise has been study-proven to help counter lack of concentration and even neuronal damage caused by years of substance abuse.
- It boosts your confidence. Just think about how good you’ll feel when you reach or even exceed your fitness goal. Whether it’s walking that additional mile or doing an extra set of push-ups, building strength and endurance can give you the self-assurance needed to take charge of your recovery.
- It provides a healthy distraction. Boredom is not the best thing for your sobriety as it can lead to using again. Instead, schedule in a good sweat session as part of your recovery plan.
- It restores inner peace. Mind-body techniques like yoga, Pilates, and tai chi are great go-to exercises for quelling daily stress and quieting the mind. And less stress means less of a reason to return to using.
Restoring Your Whole Self
At AJ’s House, we believe that the most successful drug and alcohol rehabs provide gentle care for the mind, body, and spirit. To this end, our holistic addiction recovery program include yoga and mind-body exercise, cardiovascular fitness and weight training, prayer and meditation and more. To learn more, call: 855-221-1717.