Staying physically active is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body – and it should also rank pretty high on your list of recovery to-dos. Here’s why:
- You’ll fill a void. If you’re like most people in early recovery, you may find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands – time that you used to spend thinking about, getting, using, and recovering from drugs or alcohol. Exercise is a great activity to occupy several hours, especially if you factor in getting ready for and getting cleaned up after a workout.
- You’ll increase confidence. Setting small, achievable exercise goals and meeting them can be a great confidence booster. And these little “wins” can give you the extra motivation you need to stick with your recovery and make lasting changes to your overall health.
- You’ll improve focus. Years of addiction can take a toll on your brain and you may be struggling with a lack of focus or brain fog caused by withdrawal or even neuronal damage. A recent study showed that as little as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (like walking) could increase a person’s performance on cognitive quizzes.
- You’ll remain strong-willed. Being physically active will help you beat back any cravings and ease any withdrawal symptoms that could trigger relapse.
- You’ll tame tension. Mind-body techniques like yoga, Pilates, and tai chi can help you to unwind, focus, and better deal with stress, which is a common relapse trigger.
- You’ll be in a better mood. As exercise invigorates the heart and lungs, it stimulates the brain’s reward pathway and heightens mood-boosting neurochemicals, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Building a Better You
At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you learn valuable life skills to build a fulfilling life of sobriety and reduce your risk of relapse. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call today: 877-310-9545.