Exercise is healthy for everyone, but exercising regularly may be extra beneficial for those in addiction recovery. Exercise alone is not a treatment for addiction. Combined with treatment options, regular exercise has proven beneficial for those in addiction recovery.
Simply put, exercise takes time. Once you stop abusing substances, you have extra time on your hands. Filling that time with exercise is a healthy use of that extra time.
Makes You Feel Good
Exercise releases endorphins in the brain, which are natural pleasure hormones. These are the same hormones that are released during substance abuse. Working out makes you feel good.
Working out in and of itself is a good way to add healthy habits into your new, substance-free routine. But there are a few extra good habits that often come along with working out such as eating better and sleeping deeper.
Most people experience stress at some point in their lives, but stress can be a particular problem to those in addiction recovery and has even been linked to relapse. Exercise is a good way to reduce and control stress through the release of endorphins and improved circulation.
The greatest incentive to exercise regularly to those in addiction recovery is the benefit of perhaps preventing a relapse. Studies suggest that regular exercise can increase the abstinence rate for substance abuse by 95 percent. Studies also show that exercise can help manage stress, depression, and anxiety, which can all lead to relapse.