Exercise can play an integral role in growing stronger and healthier during addiction recovery. Regular workouts allow you to lose weight, increase tone and definition, and gain strength, all while improving your mental stamina to stick with the recovery process. It isn’t easy to start a new exercise regimen during recovery. However, once you get started, you won’t want to stop. The following details just a few of the key advantages of exercise during addiction recovery.

Physical detox
During addiction withdrawal, the last thing that most recovering addicts want to do is exercise. With frequent headaches, insomnia, and nausea, why would you want to hit the gym? However, with direction from an exercise physiologist, you can actually find specific exercises that target discomfort, particularly bone and muscle pains, and that help you think about something besides your cravings.

Emotional stability
One of the most common addiction recovery symptoms is major ups and downs. It is not uncommon to be excited about the refreshed feeling that comes after the withdrawal symptoms pass but still be scared about what the future holds. This combination of feelings is tough for many people. Exercise goes a long way toward combating these severe mood swings.

Positive new habits
For many addicts, the lack of alcohol and drug use leaves them unsure how to spend their days. Routine exercise is a great way to provide more structure in a daily routine. As you get used to exercising daily and start to see the benefits that it offers, you’ll spend more time looking forward to exercise sessions and less time thinking about alcohol or drugs.

Are you unsure where to start with developing a physical fitness regimen during addiction recovery? Talk to the leaders in your program and other recovering addicts to get their best advice.