It is common knowledge that exercise is good for you, but you may not realize that exercise is also beneficial in addiction recovery. This is particularly the case if you are able to run. When you are suffering from addiction, your physical and mental well-being may not be at its best. The good news is that the role of exercise in recovery is to provide unquestionably positive results.

How Running and Exercise Can Benefit Your Recovery From Addiction

When you are trying to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction, your body and mind might still crave the substance that was producing the “feel good” endorphins that produced a high. There is also some stress associated with learning to live a sober life, which can lead to relapse without a strong recovery program.

The many benefits of exercise in recovery make it something that you should incorporate into your new routine when possible. Exercise and running are natural ways to replace those endorphins that were lost by quitting harmful substances. Some of the main benefits of running in addiction recovery include:

  • Stronger physical health, including a healthier heart and lungs
  • Increased stamina and lower weight gain due to overeating
  • Positive feelings from dopamine and endorphins released, known as a “runner’s high”
  • Lower levels of depression and clearer thinking
  • Reduced cravings for drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy food
  • A higher level of confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of achievement
  • More sense of being in control of your body and mind
  • Lower rates of relapse

How to Incorporate Running Into Your Addiction Recovery

Running may not be for everyone, and it is possible that you have done some physical damage while being addicted to drugs or alcohol. If you have not tried this form of exercise before or for some time, consult with your physician before you begin. This is particularly important if you are over the age of 40.

Once you have medical approval, start slowly. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy meals, and stretch before you take off for your daily run. Commitment is a big part of recovery, so set a weekly running schedule and stick to it as much as possible.

Recovery works best when you have support, so look for others in recovery who would like to join you in your fitness journey. When you set up your route, avoid old haunts and any roads that take you past bars or dangerous parts of town.

Get Started With Addiction Recovery Now

If you are still struggling with substance abuse, there is help available. The Recovery Village offers compassionate and comprehensive addiction treatment programs that can help you break free from drugs and alcohol and find a new way to live.

Once you complete detox and enter the appropriate treatment program, you can learn more about enriching your recovery through exercise and other healthy choices. Contact us now to speak with one of our compassionate addiction specialists about your admissions options.

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