Making the decision to quit drugs and alcohol and get sober was not easy, but the chances of a successful recovery will be increased when you start living a healthy lifestyle which includes not only eating healthy but exercising regularly as well. The importance of exercise in addiction recovery cannot be understated. Read our patient testimonials to see what our patients say about the importance of exercise in addiction recovery.
Something for Everyone!
Exercise is movement. The good news is that movement comes in a variety of different forms. Whether you prefer to get your exercise in a leisure or brisk walk, dancing, biking, on skates or in a run – moving for 30 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. In addition to these, gyms also offer strength training machines and aerobic classes. Fitness trainers suggest that the important thing is working within your abilities and get moving!
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 (and excuses) 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 substance use. 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 rehab, a strong mind and body will have a better experience than one that is not. Most treatment programs recognize the importance of exercise in addiction recovery and have begun to implement activities to help their clients reap all the benefits and not only maintain sobriety but do it healthy.
Gallus Detox Understands The Importance of Exercise In Addiction Recovery
You understand the importance of exercise in addiction recovery, and so do we. That’s why we partner with insurance companies to insure your recovery, ensuring you don’t have to worry about paying for rehab. Don’t let money stop you from getting the treatment you need. Gallus Detox accepts all commercial insurance companies including:
- AETNA Insurance for Drug Detox
- Cigna Health Insurance Coverage
- Cosmic Insurance
- Multiplan Health Insurance Coverage
- MultiPlan Insurance
- Tricare Insurance (Out-of-network)
- UnitedHealthcare Insurance for Drug Detox
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a treatment facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 888.228.9114, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.