Making the decision to quit drugs and alcohol and get sober was not easy, but the chances of a successful recovery will be increased when you start living a healthy lifestyle which includes not only eating healthy but exercising regularly as well.

Something for Everyone!

Exercise is movement. The good news is that movement comes in a variety of different forms. Whether you prefer to get your exercise in a leisure or brisk walk, dancing, biking, on skates or in a run – moving for 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week will have a positive impact.

If the structure of a fitness center is more appealing, there are a number of choices including treadmills, Stairmasters, elliptical and cross-country ski machines to help get you on your way. In addition to these, gyms also offer strength training machines and aerobic classes.
Fitness trainers suggest that the important thing is working within your abilities and get moving!

Make a Commitment and Schedule It

Adding a regular exercise routine to your day will take commitment and determination. The best way to avoid stumbling blocks (and excuses) is to make it part of your daily schedule. If you plan to attend a Zumba or spinning class or take a walk in the park, block out the times on your daily planner and stick to it.

A Body in Motion

You may have heard the saying “A body in motion, stays in motion.” Of course the obvious physical benefits to exercise are:
• Improved circulation
• Toned body
• Healthy weight
• Strong heart
• Increased energy
• More recuperative sleep

However, there are some psychological benefits as well including:
• Decrease in depression, anxiety and stress
• Improved mood and self-confidence
• Increased mental clarity
• Something to do that is healthy

Exercise on the Brain

During exercise, the brain responds by releasing endorphins and creating a euphoric sensation. The term “runner’s high” describes the sensation that runners experience during and immediately following a jog and it is similar to the feelings that are stimulated by substance abuse.

Research studies have shown that individuals in substance abuse recovery who implemented regular exercise into their daily routines reported an improved quality of life and a reduction in their desire to use drugs and alcohol. Moreover, when faced with the challenges of withdrawal symptoms and rehab, a strong mind and body will have a better experience than one that is not.

Most rehab treatment programs recognize the importance of exercise in addiction recovery and have begun to implement activities to help their clients reap all the benefits and not only maintain sobriety but do it healthy.

Author's Bio: 

Lara Schuster writes for Gallus Medical Detox Centers. Gallus Detox provides safe drug and alcohol detox with customized IV therapy to comfortably alleviate withdrawal symptoms and patients are monitored 24/7 by ICU level nurses. This proven detox method was developed by Dr. Patrick Gallus after 15-plus years as an emergency room physician caring for alcohol and drug addicted patients. Gallus Medical Detox Centers features upscale private rooms, HDTV, Wi-Fi and personal massage. Patient confidentiality is always protected.