Please enjoy the following contribution from Adam Wittbrodt, a member of Ten16’s Board of Directors
By incorporating exercise into their recovery journey, individuals in recovery from addiction can take an important step towards building a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.
Exercise can be beneficial for people in recovery from addiction for a variety of reasons. Some of the ways in which exercise can support recovery include:
Reducing cravings: Exercise has been shown to reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol, which can be particularly helpful in the early stages of recovery when cravings are often strongest. This is thought to be due in part to the release of endorphins, which are chemicals that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators, and the fact that exercise can help to distract from cravings.
Improving mood: Exercise has been shown to improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, which are common among people in recovery from addiction. This can be particularly helpful for those who are struggling with the emotional challenges of recovery.
Enhancing self-esteem: Exercise can help to improve self-esteem and body image, which can be particularly beneficial for those who have experienced negative consequences as a result of their addiction.
Providing structure: Exercise can provide a sense of structure and purpose, which can be helpful for those who are in the early stages of recovery and may be struggling to find meaning in their lives.
Promoting social connections: Exercise can also promote social connections and support, which can be beneficial for those in recovery from addiction. Joining a group fitness class or participating in a team sport can provide a sense of community and belonging.
Improving overall health: Exercise has numerous benefits for physical health, including improving cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and improving sleep. These benefits can be particularly important for those in recovery from addiction, who may have neglected their physical health during their active addiction.
Overall, exercise can be a powerful tool for supporting recovery from addiction, helping to reduce cravings, improve mood, enhance self-esteem, provide structure, promote social connections, and improve overall health. By incorporating exercise into their recovery journey, individuals in recovery from addiction can take an important step towards building a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.