Physical activity is healthy for people of all ages, but especially those in recovery from addiction. Three exercises are just the starting point for people who want to boost their heart health and get their blood pumping. Blood pressure that spikes can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Keeping weight under control is good but the key is to be healthy on a daily basis by staying active and not giving in to the temptation to sit around too much or eat unhealthy food. Staying healthy is a long-range choice people make for their brains and bodies in recovery.
Motivation can be lagging in recovery because, let’s face it, you just overcame a huge obstacle. Now you are being drawn into a situation where you need to face recovery head-on. Part of that change is making sure you get enough exercise to keep you moving forward with your health goals. Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of diabetes and helps control blood sugar. Getting at least 3 days a week, five days a week for 30 minutes is a bare minimum, but a very good place to start. How to start moving:
- Short hikes
- Playing tennis
One of the best ways to grow stronger in recovery through physical activity is by lifting weights. It helps reduce fat and create lean muscle mass. Aerobic exercise and resistance work help raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Figuring out how to get (and stay) strong requires putting in time at least two days of the week. Find two varying days without too much time in between those days to hit the weights. Start with:
- Free Weights
- Aerobic classes
- Personal training or group classes
- Body-resistance exercises like push-ups and squats
It is always best to consult with professionals who help train those in recovery or understand your needs prior to starting an exercise program. The last thing you want is an injury to add insult to recovery.
One of the best ways to increase your workouts is through flexibility and stretching. This does not contribute to a better heart condition but benefits overall health. This helps you stay flexible and free from pain. That flexibility is a critical part of being able to maintain aerobic exercise. balance is key as you get older and is affected by drug use in many regards so finding support and stability is key.
Step in the Right Direction recommends healthy habits in recovery. We support your journey however it looks for you, but it is important to take care of your mind, body, and soul so you feel healthy. Don’t cheat yourself in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate it in a better way. For more information, sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.