by Constance Ray
It took a long time and plenty of proverbial blood, sweat, and tears, but you finally managed to get sober. You should feel proud of yourself, as that’s no small accomplishment. Even though you likely had help from family and professionals, it’s still your doing.
That’s why you need to start exercising. It took a lot to get back in control of your life, so you should be concerned with relapsing. And believe it or not, getting physically fit can improve your mental health and help you stay sober. Read on to learn how, including what kinds of exercise will help you the most.
How Fitness Helps Your Mental HealthPeople typically think of their body and mind as two separate things. However, the two are very interconnected. For example, if you are stressed and filled with anxiety, your immune system works poorly and you get sick more often.
That’s why being physically fit can help you stay sober. In fact, the Huffington Post lists several mental health benefits of exercise, such as:
In other words, you won’t need to abuse substances because you’ll be happier. Exercising regularly can help ease that pain but in a healthy way.
More Than Just Working OutIf getting fit helps you stay happy and sober, should you hit the gym today? That’s not a bad idea, but exercise is more than just lifting weights. Health.com explains some of the best exercises for people in addiction recovery:
But as DrugRehab.org points out, there are some alternative exercise activities that can also help, including:
As Lifehacker notes, you probably have a routine of sorts already. You just need to upgrade it somewhat:
Of course, you’ll have to create a daily routine that works for you specifically. To do this, start your day by listing the things you need to get done. Ask yourself what tasks need to get done to get to work, be productive, stay sober, and so on. Then create a timetable that includes exercise you need to boost your mental health.
Exercise For SobrietyIt’s not like getting fit will magically keep you sober forever. You still need to make smart choices about places you visit, who you count as friends, and so on. But building a daily routine that includes exercise can boost your mental health so you are stronger and can more easily stay sober.
For more information on this article visit recoverywell.org