Benefits of Physical Exercise in Addiction Treatment
You’ve probably heard that exercise releases the same endorphins in your brain as substances. However, if you haven’t worked out for a while, you might be skeptical about how good working towards fitness feels. The truth is that everyone can find a form of training that makes them feel great. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or powerlifter to get the benefits from movement.
We help you find what works for you so you can integrate it into your routine, and you’ll quickly feel the benefits. Many clients end up realizing they’re capable of so much more than they ever knew, filling them with confidence and motivation.
Improves Physical Wellness
Getting regular exercise improves your whole life. You’ll get better sleep, feel more confident and slow down aging. Doing a light weight lifting routine a few days a week improves your strength and posture and prevents injury as you get older. Going for regular brisk walks, jogging, swimming and cycling improve heart health and burn calories. Yoga and stretching improve flexibility, balance and range of motion.
All forms of exercise help restore the careful balance of hormones, which are often disrupted by the heavy use of drugs and alcohol.
Boosts Brain Function
Exercise doesn’t just impact your physical health; it also benefits mental health in a variety of ways. First, it’s a healthy habit and distraction, unlike substances often used for these purposes. Unlike drug abuse, which only offers short-term relief and has long-term health consequences, exercise offers long-term relief and benefits your health. It improves focus and can reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma.
Provides Opportunities To Achieve Progress
People are hard-wired to respond to the feeling of moving forward and progressing. Addiction has a terrible impact on your reward system, making it hard to set and achieve goals. Working with our personal trainers can help you start off small and prove to yourself that you’re capable of doing what you set your mind to.
Helps Prevent Relapse
Regular movement has such a positive impact on overall well-being that it can act as a barrier to relapse. Individuals who maintain an exercise program following rehab are generally more likely to maintain abstinence. Remember, you don’t have to run five miles or go to the gym every day — small bouts of daily exercise or intense exercise three to five days per week is enough to help most people stay in a mindset that’s conducive to ongoing recovery.
Makes You Feel Good
Exercise is a positive way to release stress. If you’re not used to it, it might feel difficult at first, but our trainers will guide you through this initial discomfort and help you find the style of movement that brings you joy. The physical and mental benefits of exercise can help improve energy and mood and increase your overall sense of health and happiness.