Your mind, body, and spirit can be damaged by the effects of drugs and alcohol. Combining regular physical activity with a healthy diet are two of the most important steps you can take in your path to recovery.
Fitness and Exercise
The benefits of yoga in recovery are immeasurable. Besides the physical benefits like increased strength and flexibility, yoga can also help improve mental health. The breathing techniques that are employed in yoga help to relax the body, bringing with it a feeling of peace. This helps to not only calm your nerves during your practice, but it also assists in teaching your body how to calm itself during stressful moments. Once you start to teach your body these techniques they will begin to come naturally. Continued practice of yoga encourages self-discipline which is essential to staying on the right path in recovery.
All the physical activities will help your body produce and release “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are naturally produced in the brain and allow your body to relearn and regulate brain chemistry on its own. This can have tremendously beneficial effects on physical and mental health, including:
|Alleviation of stress and anxiety||More restful sleep|
|Reduction in depression symptoms||Improvement in confidence levels|
|Increase in brain power and energy levels||Sharpened memory|
In addition to generally feeling healthier, all of these benefits can also help you better control your addiction. Regular exercise can help keep your mind off worries and remain focused.
Fitness and exercise, however, is only half of the wellness battle.
Diet and Nutrition
During active addiction, it is common for your body to develop nutritional deficiencies. This doesn’t always mean the damage is permanent. Your recovery program will help your body begin to reverse these deficiencies by providing nutritional, well-balanced, chef-prepared meals. Recognizing the importance of good nutrition in addiction recovery is another crucial step in restoring health to your mind and your body. Achieving optimal health is an ongoing endeavor and we work to help you stay focused, not only while you are in treatment but also after you leave.
We offer such a variety of food because we believe that nutrition is a key component in overcoming substance abuse issues. Combining regular exercise with healthy, nutrient-dense meals can help you to:
|Restore mental and physical stamina||Increase sense of well-being|
|Reduce negative emotions and stress||Strengthen the mind and body|
Like your mind, your body needs to be in optimal condition to help you successfully navigate through addiction treatment and into recovery. It is important to note, however, that while proper exercise and nutrition are crucial pieces, they are not the only pieces. We believe that combining healthy habits with evidence-based treatment and therapy will give you the best chance at achieving meaningful recovery.
Credited to:Recovery Center of America