Benefits of FIT for RECOVERY
“Research shows that regular workouts increase the number of new nerve connections in the brain, which helps it heal from the effects of substance abuse.”
Committing to a lifestyle change that includes exercise as a primary focus is a great aid for recovering addicts. Although exercise may not be the first thing that comes to mind for an addict to participate in, the benefits of doing so are life changing. Some of the benefits include – but are not limited to – healing your body and mind, building self confidence, reduced stress, and clearer thinking. Exercise also offers an outlet for anger or frustration. Being active makes it easier to de-stress and weather a crisis, as well as sleep more soundly resulting in increased energy during the day.
When an addict is trying to recover, body and mind crave the endorphins that lead to the high he or she is used to. Drug and alcohol abuse disrupts the brain’s balance of happiness inducing chemicals like dopamine. Physical activity boosts the presence of these chemicals giving you a natural high to replace the artificial one by dousing the brain with dopamine. So, if we exercise more often we release more of it. In recovery, the added benefit of physical activity and exercise can actually help return dopamine levels to pre-abuse heights.
Here at Be Stronger Fitness we offer group workouts most Saturdays geared specifically toward those in recovery. The act of practicing an exercise routine and committing to some physical activity every week also keeps the mind busy and off the previous addiction. Even better, for those in recovery, research shows that regular workouts increase the number of new nerve connections in the brain, which helps it heal from the effects of substance abuse.
Fit for Recovery is sponsored by Middleway Health Foundation. If you have any questions, need more information regarding this program or would like to schedule a session, please contact Emily at 916-203-1213 or email@example.com.