Addiction Recovery and Exercise

Generally, most people see regular exercise as the means to lose weight, but in fact, science has shown that having a regular exercise routine can help reduce stress, anxiety, ward off feelings of depression and boost self-esteem. The reason is every time we exercise our bodies release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in our brain that reduce our perception of pain. Other endorphin driven benefits of exercise include:

  • Improved Sleep
  • A rise in overall energy
  • Lowered blood pressure

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) educates clients about the importance of maintaining a regular exercise regimen and we provide opportunities for exercise, within our 12-acres facility, at our fully equipped gym and our outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. In addition, brisk walks can be taken around the property when clients are not attending treatment sessions.

For those recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, regular exercise should become an essential part of their new lifestyle and we highly encourage our clients to keep up with exercising, especially after their discharge from our inpatient rehab when the treatment is completed. Many suggest joining a gym is not a necessity. A brisk walk, jogging, biking, hiking, and swimming can all generate endorphins in the body and do the job.

The reality is, that for many of us finding an activity and creating an exercise routine is not what is stopping us to become active. The real challenges often reported by clients are: getting out of their comfort zone and fighting the belief that there is no time left in the day for exercise. Our suggestion to face this challenge is to find an activity which is enjoyable for you to do. Another suggestion is to partner up with a friend or loved one in your exercise routine. Making exercise a social event can make it feel less like a chore. Whatever activity is chosen we must remember to start at our own pace, avoid injuries, and make changes as we go forward. If after some time the activity becomes a bore, try something different or alternate back and forth within your favorite ones. What is important is that you don’t give up and stay active. Letting go of fear, anxiety, and regret is important for all of us, but these are the most important steps to take for those in addiction recovery. Shedding negative thought patterns can go a long way towards not only staying sober but living a happier, more energetic lifestyle that allows you to be better equipped to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

To explore addiction treatment for you or a loved one at Florida Center for Recovery, please contact us at (800) 643-4005. We are accredited and certified by the Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients.

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Florida Center for Recovery
Clinical Excellence & Compassionate Care in a Healing Environment
Providing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Since 2002