Recovery comes with a lot of emotional stress, so it is essential to keep your body and mind both healthy and happy as you go through the process. One of the best remedies to deal with the side effects you might encounter during addiction recovery is exercise. Many benefits derive from the simple act of exercising, both physical and emotional. We discuss how exercising can support you on the road to getting better.
One of the main reasons people exercise is to reduce stress. In the case of opioid recovery, exercise assists with mitigating the stress and emotional strain caused by the recovery process. By keeping your body moving and on-the-go, you are also helping your mind by being focused on your physical activity and distracting yourself from some of the side effects you might be dealing with.
Keeps you entertained
Of course, exercising also keeps you engaged and entertained in whichever type of exercise you are pursuing. There are many different options when it comes to exercise, including recreational sports, meditation activities such as yoga and pilates, competitive sports, running, hiking, swimming, amongst others. The best part of it all is being able to alternate between the type of exercise you practice. By keeping yourself moving and practicing sports or classes that you enjoy, you have something to look forward to and submerge your energy into.
Lowers opioid dependency
Studies have shown that by practicing constant exercise, this increasingly reduces your need for opioid consumption. By aiding you during the difficult withdrawal process, exercise becomes an ally in helping your body get better. It is recommended to follow an exercise plan that includes variety, enables you to challenge yourself, and most importantly, one that you enjoy.
Assists with pain
Although it will not fully eliminate the physical pain you might encounter as recovery side effects, following an exercise regime does indeed help reduce this pain. Additionally, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other emotional repercussions that can also result in physical pain, are also aided by the incorporation of exercise into your daily routine.
Increases confidence and health
Finally, by exercising, you are contributing to improving your overall health and fitness. Consequently, by looking good, you feel good, and your confidence levels are increased. Confidence plays an essential role in your overall well-being and enables you to trust yourself during recovery.
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