Ways for Those in Addiction Recovery to Facilitate a Healthier Lifestyle

Ways for Those in Addiction Recovery to Facilitate a Healthier Lifestyle

How to Incorporate an Exercise Plan During This Time

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Addiction can claim your life in more ways than one. It robs you of your independence, your family, friends, and even your personality. Whether drug or alcohol-related, addictions can be significantly improved with exercise for a speedier recovery. Here, we will take a look at some of the common causes of addiction, and how exercise can help one kick their habit once and for all.

 How Exercise Affects the Brain

 Exercise is a movement which enables someone to work his or her body at a higher intensity than usual, resulting in a faster heart rate, quicker breathing, and sweating. All of these components also help to rid the body of toxins, burn fat, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your mental health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Some even regard exercise as a meditative form that encourages mindfulness, which is an ideology that is popular in yoga, a spiritual discipline that fosters breathing, control, specific body postures, and relaxation. Meditation and yoga go hand in hand in that they both reduce stress, motivate a healthy lifestyle, and increase acceptance of oneself and the world in which we live.  Yoga also helps physiological and mental disorders, and when followed through with more intense exercise, can increase the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin, both proven to aid against depression.

The Impact of Movement on Addiction

 Complex disorders such as drug abuse can have a very negative impact on the body, leading to other conditions and sometimes even death.  Due to the intricacy of addiction, treatments are often just as complex. However, exercise nourishes the heart and mind and encourages healthy brain cell growth. Along with a proper diet and nutrition, one can stay sharp, focused and clear-headed as a means to enjoy the good things in life.

Exercise also influences the brain’s plasticity, or its ability to change form. Per the saying, where the mind goes, the man follows, and you can change the chemistry of your brain to kick a bad habit. Relabeling, reattributing, refocusing, revaluing, or avoiding negative thought patterns as they arise will eventually lead to a shift in behavior or habits.

Exercise also leads to better sleep, increased energy, and improved mood.  Since stress has the potential to bring about relapses, training is an optimal method for curbing anxiety and encouraging more happiness.

Ways to Enjoy Exercise

 You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of exercise. As few as 75 minutes per week is all it takes to get the recommended amount of healthy activity. You can pick your favorite form, whether it’s biking, hiking, walking, swimming, or running, and switch up your routine to keep yourself from getting bored.

Exercise also keeps one focused on your goal and motivated to change. You’ll get to know what it truly means to feel healthier, which can motivate you to incorporate SMART techniques to better track your fitness. The more you work out, the stronger you’ll become. As your stamina increases, so will your mind. Exercising will increase your will and ability to tell yourself that you can overcome obstacles, and encourage new relationships with other individuals. As you notice an improvement in your overall appearance, you’ll be inspired to stay the course.

For some, exercise is more than a tool to gain muscle tone, as it can help improve your psychological and emotional state. As a recovering addict, incorporate these tips to help you achieve a better outlook and reach a permanently sober life.

 This post courtesy of Adam Cook, addictionhub.org

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About Valentino Therapy

Psychotherapist (California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), artist, animal lover, SF Giants fan...I write mostly about daily life and psychology matters, concerns and disorders and how to get help or help yourself. I write about life and often laugh at it but I also write about very serious matters that affect our lives. I'm a psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) with a speciality in addiction, anxiety, depression, achievement, relationships and several other areas, which is work I particularly enjoy but the nature of it requires that I also enjoy other creative and physical pursuits. Personal: I love animals beyond a reasonable measure (reptiles excluded).
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