Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Physical activity is essential to maintain a healthy body. According to The American Heart Association, the recommended amount of exercise per week is 150 minutes for moderate-intensity aerobic activity, 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, or a mixture of both. Meeting this healthful expectation is a great way to enhance your sobriety. When you are attempting to become altogether mentally, spiritually, and physically well, exercise is the best way to fulfill physical health.
Your brain and body go through significant changes during the throes of addiction that need to be remedied. Although exercise may not heal everything, exercise can improve many ailments by strengthening and conditioning the body and the mind.
Commitment and dedication are important factors when it comes to exercise. The whole “no pain, no gain” is true up to a certain point as you should get your heart racing to heed better results, but not try to hurt yourself during the process. Many types of physical exercise can produce the strength and conditions without being strenuous on the body while also being used as a form of meditation for addiction recovery.
One of the best reasons to exercise is to gain a natural high from endorphins being released in the brain when you get moving. It feels good because endorphins naturally relieve stress and tension that can help you stay calm while trying to stay sober. Getting high on endorphins will create positive feelings in the body that will help you stay on track in your recovery.
You have to personalize your exercise to what you can do now, not to what you were once able to do. Now that you are sober, your exercise will need to change to stay with what your body can handle. Age, current health condition, past ailments, and recovery factors will need to be taken into consideration to form an exercise plan that will work specifically for your body’s needs. Taking exercise one motion at a time, just like you take recovery one day at a time, will help reduce injuries and improve your overall health.
Valiant Living can assist you in your recovery if you, or someone you know, is struggling with drugs or alcohol. Offering a full range of recovery and mental health services, we offer “Expanded Recovery” to enrich our clients’ lives in mind, body, and spirit. Through evidence-based therapy options and the endless adventure of Colorado, Valiant fosters connection, encouraging clients to get connected to themselves, their peers, their families, and their higher power. Call us today to start your healing process: 303-536-5463