Addiction Recovery Tip #4 – Exercise

By Dusty Lindemann

When you are using substances, it’s very easy to get caught up in an unhealthy lifestyle that lacks proper physical maintenance. You may have noticed that days or even weeks pass by before you look in the mirror and see the detrimental impact of addiction on your body. Therefore, don’t forget to exercise! Aerobic and weightlifting activities are great practices to get involved in as you begin your journey on the road to recovery.

Hit the gym after a bad day at work. The stress you are likely to feel after arguing with a co-worker or having to finish a detailed project by a specific deadline can make the idea of a drink very tempting. Replacing that with exercise has so many benefits. Not only will the urge to take a drink pass but you’ll feel calmer and more relaxed once the adrenaline kicks in. In addition you’ll get into better shape.

One of the many drawbacks of being addicted is the damage it can leave in its wake on a person’s physique. People in recovery can often be out of shape and overweight. If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of sporting some spandex and hitting the equipment at a local gym, start your own exercise regime at home.

This may involve something as simple as taking a walk after a bad day or riding an exercise bike while watching the nightly news. If you can take your frustration and pent up aggression and translate that into physical exercise you’ll benefit in numerous ways.

Dusty Lindemann writes for SOBRIETY TV at If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, please visit this website to learn about recovery and what you can do to stay clean and sober.

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