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Fitness & Conditioning

Our mental health and addiction treatment programs offer opportunities for clients to engage in regular physical activity at a level that is appropriate to their comfort level and physical abilities. Fitness activities vary by treatment program but may include:

  • Fitness, nutrition and wellness assessments
  • Visits to onsite gyms or gyms in the community
  • Yoga or stretching
  • Education about nutrition and fitness and their benefits in recovery
  • Physical activities like walking and hiking

The Importance of Fitness in Recovery

A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but particularly those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. For people who have abused substances, a healthy diet can ease some of the complaints in early recovery (e.g., digestive issues) and repair nutritional deficiencies that are common with addiction. Regular exercise can ward off certain withdrawal symptoms and promote a number of physical and mental benefits.

The advantages of regular exercise can include:

  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Increased energy, motivation and productivity
  • Maintenance of a healthy weight
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Decreased susceptibility to health problems such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, certain cancers, depression and arthritis
  • Improved flexibility and stronger muscles and bones
  • Stronger overall sense of well-being

Exercise can also be a vital relapse prevention tool. Physical activity can activate the neuroendocrine response (responsible for the “runner’s high”). It can also be a healthy way to cope with stress, triggers and other difficult feelings.

Fitness can help prevent relapse by:

  • Easing depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Minimizing drug cravings
  • Serving as a positive distraction when faced with triggers
  • Helping people in recovery maintain an overall healthy lifestyle
  • Providing structure to the day without turning to drugs, alcohol, food, sex or other addictions

To learn more about Fitness & Conditioning, call 17135283709

Posted on June 28, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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