Exercise for addiction recovery. The benefits of exercise for brain health are numerous.
The following is a guest post by Jim Rollince, Head of Creative Writing at Gym Source. He has been writing about Fitness and Healthy Living for a number of years and just recently branched out to write about the benefits of exercise for those recovering from addiction. His message is clear, and hopes to inspire anyone and everyone to live a happy and healthy life! Jim can be reached at email@example.com
The Benefits of Exercise for Addiction Recovery by Jim Rollince
Addiction is a challenging and sometimes heartbreaking disease that can pull happy lives into dark and lonely places. Not only is it difficult to hit rock bottom and then accept help, but it’s also arduous to treat effectively. This is due to that fact that many sufferers of addiction also have depressive disorders as well.
Fortunately, physical recreational activities such as exercising can assist those in addiction recovery in self-exploration, and possible depletion of depression. It can create a new, peaceful, and simple atmosphere in ones life that can make them realize addiction doesn’t define their world. With that new knowledge, addiction could become an easier disease to fight.
• How It Works
When you exercise, the body releases natural chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins actually cause receptors in the brain to reduce feelings of pain and discomfort. Not to mention, endorphins also fill the body and mind with feelings of happiness and pleasure.
Many people who work out regularly claim that exercise can cause feelings of euphoria. Euphoria can also assist in boosting energy and feelings of happiness.
With the combined endorphins and euphoria that cause a more energetic and brighter outlook on life, feelings of depression can be ignored, thus reducing triggers for relapse and addiction.
• Other Physical Benefits
There are a multitude of beneficial effects that exercise causes. For example, due to feelings of euphoria and endorphins, stress and general anxiety can be greatly reduced.
When exercising regularly, sufferers will begin to feel overall healthier. In fact, it’s possible to recreate your whole body shape when practicing a normal work out regime. This in turn will help sufferers build self-esteem and confidence, which will further fight feelings of depression. Exercise can also help with sleep deprivation and other sleep-related problems, due to the rapid levels of energy used during the day to ensure a great quality of sleep at night.
Other general physical benefits of exercise include reduction in body fat, strengthened muscles, bones, and heart, and lowered blood pressure.
Before you consider exercise as a way to help fight addiction, know your limits and practicalities. First, make an appointment with your medical professional of choice. During the visit, explain your medical history in detail, and also let your doctor be aware of goals you want to meet with exercising and addiction.
Your doctor will help you create and plan an exercise regime based on your personal preferences and health status. Some of us are able to exercise every day of the week, while others can only exercise for a couple days a week. No matter your schedule, don’t be discouraged. You are taking the time to increase your emotion and physical health. That is what truly matters.
It’s also very possible to start off with small steps and work your way up overtime. This method is true for those who don’t have a lot of experience with intense forms of physical activities. When you do meet and exceed goals you make for yourself, you’ll notice how effective exercise is and you’ll be amazed with yourself.
• How To Choose
Choosing the best exercises that will be most appealing to you may take some time and experimentation. You’ll need to browse, research, and practice various forms of physical activity before you figure out what you love and hate.
There are many sources that can help you find what you’re looking for. For example, you can visit the library, do simple searches online, or ask your medical professional to suggest something to you based on your limitations. The Internet is a great place to go for exercise tutorial videos and guides on how to perfect your routine work out. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll see and feel results.
Another great source to use for exercise is your local gym. The gym has offers visitors many options of exercise programs and equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes. If you’re not comfortable exercising in public, you could always purchase your own home gym equipment as well.
If you’re interested in beginning an exercise regime to help with you fight addiction, or if you’ve already experienced the wonders of exercise in beating depression, consider educating others about the subject.
Visit schools or other local meetings and share your addiction story if you’re comfortable. If not, you can share your story and ideas about exercise in private addiction support groups. Your knowledge of this assistance can possibly save someone’s life, so take action as soon as possible.