People exercise for various reasons. While some do so to have a  killer figure, others exercise as a means of alleviating the symptoms of the disease they currently have like hypertension or diabetes. Others exercise to stay healthy and avoid acquiring lifestyle diseases. What most people don’t know is that exercise is also necessary during recovery from drug addiction.

Complementing The Rehab With Exercise 

To become fully drug-free, exercise is very much needed. It helps in many aspects in a person’s life: emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Here are some of the benefits that drug users can get out of doing daily exercises.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.  ~Carol Welch

Stress is not only reduced but also relieved.

It has been proven that exercise indeed alleviates psychological and physical stress. When stressful situations arise, our bodies begin to have tension build up. Aside from having problems with people relations, just having a bad posture can lead you to have tension. Making different body movements alleviate the tension in your body. It also gets rid of negative feelings you held inside.

Exercise alters brain chemistry in a natural and positive way. 

Exercise triggers the body to release endorphins causing you to be naturally high. These are the same endorphins that your body produces when you are into substance abuse. However, the effect of alcohol and drug abuse causes an imbalance, interfering with the user’s capacity to feel satisfied, pleased, and happy. Having physical activities during the recovery stage helps in introducing natural endorphin levels in the body. Besides helping the body to feel better, it teaches the body of its natural capacity to regulate the brain’s mood and chemistry.

Exercise is considered a meditation in motion.

Concentrating on something is the same as meditating. When you move, your focus is on your well-being. You forget all other things happening in your life at the moment. Doing this leaves you with a clear mind. You become more optimistic and more rejuvenated. During rehabilitation where your mind is in chaos, managing to find clarity of the mind facilitates a better and easy recovery.

Exercise improves one’s outlook on life

People who exercise regularly have expressed improvement in terms of optimism and self-confidence. They also experience a reduction in feeling anxious and depressed. When you exercise and complete your regimen, you feel accomplished, proud, and appreciate your self-worth. You will even like yourself when you see the transformation of your body for every exercise goal you attain. When you start recognizing the effects that exercise does to your body, you will get inspiration to continue.

Exercise does a lot to help a user recover and get back to the best shape. Besides, your sleep improves. You also feel energized and good about yourself. Exercise makes recovery more attainable for someone undergoing rehab.

It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.  ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

When you decide to stop taking alcohol and drugs, wear the right attitude and persevere to make it possible. Couple it with exercise to ensure that you achieve the goal.

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