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Healthy changes can dramatically improve the recovery process. Exercise is a good addition to a new, healthy lifestyle and it can also boost your confidence. Getting into an exercise routine can reverse the stagnant lifestyle that addiction can create.
Aside from the physical benefits, exercise gives those in recovery an objective and something to focus on. It is important to gradually build up strength and endurance. It is also important to remember that you’re not going to hit your goals on day one. However, a sense of accomplishment is felt when you do hit your goal. The key is to establish a normal routine and start with small, attainable goals.
Consider these ideas when starting your exercise regimen:
- Stay hydrated throughout the day
- Eat light meals to boost energy before a workout
- Physical activity stimulates gastric movement and can potentially cause a stomach upset if a heavy or greasy meal is consumed.
- Start small and gradually increase your workout each day, setting goals to get where you want to be
- Keep a journal and mark all significant physical activity – walking the dog, swimming, bike rides, etc.
- Make a playlist with upbeat music to listen to while working out
- Stretch! Don’t just jump into it
- Take days off when you feel you need it. It is important not to over-do it.
- If possible, treat yourself to a good workout outfit
- Join a gym with personal trainers, if possible. Personal trainers specialize in gradual strength and endurance training and can help guide you into more advanced workouts
- Tell your friends and family about your goals. Be proud of yourself!
A Valuable Tool for Rehab
Exercise is a very valuable tool on the road to rehabilitation. And exercise doesn’t always have to mean a huge three-hour workout at the gym. It can mean morning yoga, a 20-minute walk with the dog, or other simple forms of working out. You just need to get your body moving. Caring for your body and mind are essential steps into regaining control over your life. While recovery is never easy, exercise can drastically increase the likelihood of sticking to sobriety.