Physical Activity

Physical activity can be instrumental for individuals in recovery, and helps shift the tide on negative emotions by bringing positive results. Regular exercise can help reintroduce natural levels of endorphins during addiction recovery.

  • Physical activity releases feel-good endorphins in the brain, providing feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It also enhances circulation.
  • Regular exercise can improve your quality and quantity of sleep.
  • If recovery leaves you feeling tired and lethargic, regular exercise can help increase your energy.
  • Regular exercise supports general health and wellbeing, including protecting your body from significant conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression.

Physical activity promotes strength, endurance, and vitality. It also promotes a strong sense of self-worth and self-control stimulating mental activity and a sense of direction.

Develop a Plan

Promote physical wellness based on the individual’s functioning across physical, psychological, social, spiritual, economic, familial, community, religious and workplace dimensions. Develop clear parameters in consultation and guidance of a primary care practitioner to ensure balance in well-being.

Find an exercise that works best for you. This is not a one-size fit all, whether in recovery or not.

There are many exercise options available, such as:

  • Yoga
  • Cardio
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling