We all know how important physical fitness is to our overall health, but did you know it can help overcome addiction? Research has shown that those who exercise are less likely to abuse substances. Exercise releases endorphins and in turn makes you feel better, making physical fitness a long-term strategy to overcome substance abuse and prevent relapse.
What is Physical Fitness?
Physical fitness is any activity that gets your heart pumping. This activity can include yoga, running, tennis, bicycling, etc. When a person is recovering from addiction, they may feel less able to feel pleasure, which is one reason why people relapse; they want to feel pleasure again. Exercise can help boost a person’s mood while they work toward getting clean and sober and maintaining sobriety. Other benefits of exercise include:
• Reduces cravings
• Heals damage to the body from addiction
• Relieves stress
• Improves body image
• Provides structure to daily life
• Releases endorphins
• Promotes health
• Raises energy levels
• Promotes well-being
• Increases confidence
Types of Exercise
Individuals who are interested in physical fitness during their recovery have several options. Everyone is different and enjoys various activities, so you may need to test run a few different activities to find the one that works best for you and your body. Choosing something you love to will make exercise more enjoyable and less like a chore. Some examples of exercises one can do during recovery include:
Skiing or snowboarding
How to Create an Exercise Routine
It can be difficult to establish and maintain an exercise routine if you haven’t been exercising regularly most of your life, but that is okay. The best thing to do is to work your way up. Talking to your treatment team in rehab can help develop an exercise routine that can be included in your recovery program or aftercare plan. Below are some useful tips you can use today to start creating an exercise routine:
Consult with a physician to ensure safety and health
Choose a few activities you enjoy or would like to try. This way you can continue doing them and exercise won’t feel like a chore.
Create a schedule for yourself. For example, setting aside time Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to do the activities you choose.
Exercise with groups of people, play team sports or create accountability groups so that you continue to stay motivated.
Take group fitness class at a gym or other facilities, such as cycling or hot yoga.
Exercise at Addiction Treatment Facilities
When an individual arrives at a recovery center, they will be assessed and indicated of their mental health status. An individualized treatment plan is designed to meet the individual’s personal needs. If a person knows they’d like to exercise while in recovery, they should talk to their therapist.
Not all rehabilitation programs and facilities are the same. This means that some facilities will have on-site gyms that people can use at specific times. Other facilities have a personal trainer on staff to provide fitness workshops. However, not al recovery centers offer exercise as an included part of treatment. The types of rehabs that offer exercise services include:
Executive treatment centers: An executive recovery program provides standard inpatient services, but cater to those who cannot take time away from work while receiving addiction treatment. There are more luxurious amenities such as private rooms, high-speed internet, and workrooms. Executive programs will often offer exercise services and have pools, outdoor courts and fitness centers available for patients to use.
Inpatient treatment centers: These centers provide a high level of care and require patients to live at the rehab center during their treatment. Patients receive 24/7 medical and psychiatric services, therapy and counseling. Exercise services are included.
Luxury treatment centers: These programs have many of the same services as inpatient facilities, but they have a more luxurious setting and have added amenities such as gourmet meals, swimming, golf, yoga, spa treatments, and more. They tend to offer several exercise options.
Physical Fitness at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services
While treatment programs do many things to help an addict get clean and sober, finding the underlying problem that caused the substance abuse is what treatment is for. At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we know that not every rehabilitation facility is the same. This is why we have created a drug and alcohol addiction program that includes a physical fitness program and is specifically designed to adapt to each client’s needs and wants.
Our facility is located in the best location that provides a very comfortable and secure place and is far away from the stress of daily life. Our clients can relax, let go of their troubles and just focus on their sobriety and getting clean. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, we encourage you to get in touch with us today to speak with one of our experienced treatment advisors about adding massage to your treatment program.