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Exercise After Rehab

Benefits of Physical Exercise After Rehab

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Newport Beach Detox – Benefits of Exercise Post Rehab

Following any successful Newport Beach Detox program, a good exercise routine will help your body to recover from a life of alcohol or drug addiction.
One of the hardest parts of follow-up recovery after an addiction detox program is helping your body become used to the fact that it is no longer supported by alcohol or drugs. For many, exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do while your body is still recovering. Some feel it is too hard to do during the first weeks, and for many, exercises can be quite challenging. However, if you want to restore your body to a healthy state, this extra effort is vital. 

You Don’t Have To Make It Too Complex

When people start talking about the idea of engaging in an exercise regimen after inpatient rehab or detox programs, they tend to think in terms of going to the gym. The problem with this is that if you start out with a complex program filled with numerous machines such as ellipticals, leg lifts, arm lifts, and so forth, it is very easy to quickly become demoralized and quit. This won’t do your body any good at all.
exercise program after addiction recovery
Your exercise plan needs to be simple at the beginning, try something as simple as walking, which is an easy low impact way to get started. According to leading experts, a 30-minute walk on several days of the week can be very beneficial. Of course, if you have loftier goals, you can extend your walks over time until you can jog comfortably. From here you could train for much longer runs like the local Newport Beach 5K, half, or full marathon.  But for now, let’s start out slowly, giving your body time to heal.

Your Recovery Needs Structure

We know that after a Newport Beach Detox program, your mind and body have already learned the importance of having a structure in your life. By introducing an exercise program into your days, you will soon find that it will help add the structure you need. You could set a time each day to go for a walk on the beach or perhaps join a beginner’s yoga class that meets regularly.
A daily program is probably the best since joining a class will help keep you focused not only on recovery but on learning a new form of exercise which is good for both body and mind. Instead of thinking about having a drink or using drugs, you will start thinking otherwise. For example, “Hmm, if I do this, then I won’t be in any shape to exercise!” It may take time to reach a point where you say this to yourself subconsciously. But the concept of adding a daily routine is one of the most important steps in adding the structure you need to get sober.

It’s All About Time

If there is one thing that most people who are in recovery have, it’s too much time on their hands. When you have so much time filled with nothing to do following a Newport Beach detox program, it’s easy to start thinking about the wrong things. When you create a daily exercise regimen, you fill the time with a healthy option. This is also an excellent way to keep your mind occupied. Even if you only exercise a couple of times a week at first, it can occupy several hours of that empty time.

Reducing Stress

One of the more common reasons many people turn to alcohol or drugs is stress. It could be because of their job, their family life, peer pressure, the recovery program, all of which tend to cause stress. To relieve that stress, it’s too easy to turn to your drug of choice, including alcohol. While this might provide short-term relief, in the end, it only makes matters worse. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins. Many associate endorphins with pain relief. However, this chemical is also responsible for making you feel good and uplifting your mood. This is why so many athletes always seem to be so happy.

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After a period of substance abuse, every system in your body– such as your heart, veins, muscles, and brain– has been battered to a point at which they struggle to keep functioning normally. By getting involved in regular exercise, you are doing the best thing you could possibly do to heal the damage. Along with helping your cardiovascular system and muscles to recover, exercising on a regular basis has been found to help rebuild your immune system and cleanse the body of toxins. Recent studies have shown that exercise can help restore the nerve connections in your brain, helping it to heal.
Here’s the bottom line: getting started on a regular habit of exercise may be difficult at first. But sticking with even the simplest exercise, such as walking, will help to restore your body and heal your mind. The most important thing to remember is that after completing your Newport Beach rehab program, you need to take the first steps outside in the fresh air. You might be amazed at how much better it will make you feel and how much it will help you on your road to recovery.

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