One of the problems encountered by people in substance use recovery is that their brains don’t remember how to create pleasurable feelings without the substance. It can be difficult to commit to recovery when you can’t seem to feel good, so it’s essential to find ways to retrain the brain.
Exercise is one excellent way to remind the brain to produce its own feel-good chemicals. When we exercise, our brains create endorphins, a type of neurotransmitters (chemical messages) that make us feel better. Being able to experience these “natural highs” makes it easier to stay on track with recovery.
According to SMART Recovery, there are numerous benefits to including exercise in your recovery plan, some of which are:
While those benefits are especially helpful for people in recovery, the Mayo Clinic shares some benefits of working out that anyone can enjoy, which include weight control, improved health conditions, heightened energy and mood, and better sleep.
When people think about exercising, they often picture going to a gym and sweating it out on a bunch of equipment, but that’s not the only way to get endorphins flowing. Other options can include:
At Fair Oaks Recovery Center, we acknowledge that all of our guests are unique individuals. We can help you develop your own specialized recovery plan, including exercise, that works for your life and goals.