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Exercise for Sobriety

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Buckle Up to Sober Up!

Times were different when the only way to deal with addictions was through heavy medications and psychotherapy. People are slowly making a move towards more natural ways to stay sober. Any kind of intense physical activity has been proven to help with managing addictions. 

Exercising releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones that boost the mental state without any external stimulus. When you get a natural high, it makes it easier for you to stay sober. It boosts neural growth and keeps you calm and well. People usually start with basic activities like running and cycling but are gradually moving to proper gym sessions with the support of trainers who are specialized in clients like these. 

The damage that alcohol causes to your brain by severing your neural connections can be revived but indulging in long term exercise. It reduces insulin resistance and hence inflammation so that the blood vessels in the brain can thrive. Following an exercise routine promotes your health in several ways. While you are recovering, exercise may help you in improving gastrointestinal damage and nutrient deficiencies. Poor physical health might be making it more frustrating for you to focus on sobriety. Taking control of your health can reduce your reliance on alcohol so you can focus better. 

Exercise helps you channelize your energy by filling the time with something more productive. Start wherever you are. Find something you enjoy doing. The biggest mistake you can make is doing something you hate or one that is physically too much for you to do. Try experimenting by doing a variety of activities so you get the hang of everything before you set a routine.

A 10-minute yoga or brisk walking session every day leads to exponential growth in the long term. Dancing to your favorite playlist for starters! Being consistent with any activity would help you build strength and endurance and physically improve your body to make you look more toned as well!

People who have tried exercising as a way to get sober feel a boost in their self-esteem. These harmful habits lead to depression, overeating and substance use. It boosts how you perceive yourself, which is valuable in every aspect of life.  When you feel confident and assured, you take better decisions and control your desires better. It also affects the desire to use alcohol, especially in social situations.

We are all social creatures craving connections. A big factor when it comes to rehabilitation is feeling alone. When you join a gym or a workout program or class, it gives you a reason to be around people all doing something good, building connections. Form bonds with people who are living a lifestyle that meets your sobriety goals.