Detox and recovery are really all about prioritizing your own wellbeing—physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. There are, of course, many ways in which you can do that—some of them as simple as ensuring you get more sleep at night. Something else we recommend is physical activity. Regular exercise is a good idea for just about anyone, but it can be especially valuable to those seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
The Benefits of Exercise
We’ll tell you why.
- Exercise can help relieve stress and tension. Throughout the day, you accumulate both physical and psychological stress. As your body and mind are assailed by negative feelings or tense emotions, exercise can provide you with an outlet, a way to vent those feelings and reduce their harmful effects.
- Exercise can also provide you with a healthier headspace. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, which provide you with a natural high—a feeling of optimism and positivity that can really be crucial to those in the detox or recovery process.
- Exercise is something like meditation. Researchers actually claim that exercise is like meditation in motion—so all the benefits you’d expect from meditation, you can also expect from working out. In other words: For those looking to quiet and calm themselves, even amidst chaos or worry, exercise can work wonders.
- Exercise provides energy. Finally, working out is a natural way to give your body some energy. Again, that can be invaluable to anyone who’s trying to tackle the daily challenges of detox or of addiction recovery.
The best part is, you don’t have to spend all your time at the gym to get these positive effects. Simply going for a walk in your neighborhood can be a wonderful place to start. The key thing is to stay active and keep moving, even while in detox or recovery.