Exercise

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Of all the important components for people in recovery, exercise is an absolutely a must. There is an ever increasing amount of research and studies about the multitude of benefits derived from exercising and physical activity.

Good For Everything

Everything from improving sleep to reducing mood disorders, such as depression. Here is a list of some of them according to NIH;

  • Reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and stress, while improving negative mood swings and overall emotional well-being
  • Increase your energy level
  • Improve sleep
  • Empower you to feel more in control

Activities

Find some form of exercise and make a regular part of your routine. It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as it gets you out of the house and moving. Activities include:

  • Walking
  • Bicycling
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Pickleball
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Hiking

Physical activity is not only good for the health and well-being of recovering people, it generally has a socializing aspect too.

It has been said that the hardest part of jogging is putting on the appropriate shoes. Much of the resistance to exercise is the thoughts in our head about making the effort. However, as a recovering person gets in the habit and begins to reap the many benefits, it becomes easier.

  • It’s always important to talk with your doctor before embarking on a new exercise program.