How Exercise benefits Addiction Recovery

Posted: December 28, 2015 by

how exercise benefits addiction recovery


I was once an alcoholic – I really didn’t care about anything else before, not until I saw my kids begging me to seek help. On that day, something made me realize the effects of my alcoholism on my family, especially my kids, so I decided to seek treatment. Fortunately, I was able to recover within three months in rehab. As days passed by, my health has improved extremely! I’ve lost 40 pounds by focusing on a healthy diet and a regular exercise. At first, I was so afraid to begin exercising simply because I did not know where to start.

Fortunately, I was able to get moving and faced that fear and decided to exercise while in rehab and after leaving rehab. As I look back, I am certain that there are some people out there who feel the same way I did before and I want to help you get more motivated by sharing the benefits of exercising during recovery.

Exercise helps to heal the body and brain

Yes! You have read it right. Just simple regular exercise can help you heal physically and psychologically. As I started reading books about substance addiction while in rehab, I remembered reading that studies have proven how the body and brain heals through regular exercise. Exercise helps the body overcome the distractions that can be present during the recovery process. In addition, it can also help the body burn the fats that have been stored during the addiction days.

Exercise can generate positive feelings

If you were an alcoholic like I was before, you probably have been doing things that harm your body so it may take a while before you starting enjoying working out. When I began running, I really did not enjoy it, but now I think of a much better way to start the day because it makes me feel more energized to do all the things I have to do when I started my day working out.

Exercise develops your outlook

As I continue with my regular exercise, I started to develop my self-confidence and decreased my feeling of depression and anxiety. I guess, it has something to do with the feelings of pride, accomplishment and self-confidence as my body started to improve and I’m starting to work on my goals.

Exercise reduces Stress

Stress is absolutely a big barrier when you’re trying to improve physical and mental health in recovery. Getting regular exercise will help you handle stress better which can lead to successful sobriety.

Exercise lets you meet new friends

When I decided to pick up exercise as my new hobby, I met new friends. Working out with a group of friends is great because you guys can motivate and help each other in achieving your personal goals.

Those are just a few of the many things that you can benefit from exercising. So what are you waiting for? Get up and start healing your body and mind through exercise!

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