In early recovery, it’s a great time to start setting new patterns to help shape your new life trajectory. Getting better sleep, building deeper connections with people, and learning new coping skills are all critical. Exercise, too, can make an essential difference for newly sober people.
Exercise can do a lot of essential things for your physical health. It can help you loosen up when you’re feeling the bodily effects of stress. Regular aerobic exercise, including walking, can help keep your blood pressure in check. And people who exercise tend to sleep better.
The more you sweat, the easier it is to flush any toxins from your body. People who detox are flushing toxins for months (and up to a year and a half) after detoxing from drugs. Exercise can help you move these toxins out of your body more quickly.
You’ve probably heard by now that exercise is an integral part of maintaining your mental health. In the era of COVID-19, it’s a little more challenging to do but still tremendously useful when it comes to banishing negative moods or alleviating your anxiety. Luckily, there are now online fitness classes and plenty of videos you can use to establish a daily routine. (Check Evenbrite or Youtube.)
According to the National Library of Medicine, exercise can perform a variety of important functions to improve your mental wellness. Aerobic exercises improve symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety, and improve cognition. Many people who describe a “brain fog” when they’re experiencing mental health issues will explain how exercise helps them think more clearly and make more rational decisions.
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