The Importance of Exercise in Addiction Recovery

in Success Stories
Published Nov 5, 2016
woman exercising and running on a bridge

Recovery can be a challenging process, but the chances of a long-term recovery are increased with living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy and regular exercise,

A Range of Exercise for all

Exercise is movement, and movement comes in a variety of different forms. Whether you prefer to get your exercise from a walk, dancing, biking, or a run – moving for just 20 minutes a day, three to five times a week will have a positive impact.

If the structure of a fitness center is more appealing, there are a number of choices including treadmills, Stairmasters, elliptical and cross-country ski machines to help get you on your way. Gyms also offer strength training machines, free weights, and aerobic classes.

Make a Commitment and Schedule It

Adding a regular exercise routine to your day will take commitment and determination. The best way to avoid stumbling blocks is to make it part of your daily schedule. If you plan to attend a Zumba or spinning class or take a walk in the park, block out the times on your daily planner and stick to it.

A Body in Motion

You may have heard the saying “A body in motion, stays in motion.” Of course, the obvious physical benefits to exercise are:

  • Improved circulation
  • Toned body
  • Healthy weight
  • Strong heart
  • Increased energy
  • More recuperative sleep

However, there are some psychological benefits as well including:

  • Decrease in depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Improved mood and self-confidence
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Something to do that is healthy
Exercise and the Brain

During exercise, the brain responds by releasing endorphins and creating a euphoric sensation. The term “runner’s high” describes the sensation that runners experience during and immediately following a jog and it is similar to the feelings that are stimulated by substances.

Research studies have shown that individuals in recovery who implemented regular exercise into their daily routines reported an improved quality of life and a reduction in their desire to use drugs and alcohol. Moreover, when faced with the challenges of withdrawal symptoms and a treatment center, a strong mind and body will have a better experience than one that is not.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substances and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our medical detox program is safe, comfortable, and effective. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery by providing a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment that identifies next steps in your recovery. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 866-842-9379 for a free and confidential assessment.