It goes without saying that physical fitness is important for everyone. However, if you are recovering from an addition, this is especially true. In many cases, your physical health may have declined, leaving you more susceptible to illness. As you move forward into a clean and healthy life, growing and maintaining your physical fitness will be key to avoiding relapse and staying committed to your recovery. Here are the three areas you should focus on for getting physically healthy:
Prioritize Proper Nutrition
The first step to physical fitness is diet. The foods that you eat will have a direct relationship with how successful you are at developing a healthy body. You’ll want to make sure you are getting all the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients you need to prevent disease. One of the best ways to eat healthily is to fill your plate with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate healthy fats, proteins and carbs. In some cases, you may also need to take vitamin supplements. However, your healthcare provider can determine what is best for your body’s specific needs.
Commit to Exercise
Once you have a proper nutrition program in place, then you’ll have the energy to engage in exercise. There are countless benefits to regular exercise, one of which is the release of the hormone dopamine, which is the same chemical that causes the euphoric feeling in most drugs. Instead of relying on those external sources to feel good, you should feel confident knowing that exercise can give you that healthy boost, without the dangerous side effects.
In addition to helping you feel good and release stress, exercise can also assist with goal-setting and keep you motivated to be fully engaged in your recovery.
Develop a Consistent Sleep Routine
Of course, diet and exercise are nothing without a good night of sleep. With a consistent sleep routine, you’ll have an easier time falling asleep and be more likely to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. This will help you remain calm and alert with a positive mood–all traits that will only serve to help you on your recovery journey.
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At Free by the Sea, we know just how many moving pieces must fall into place for your recovery to be successful. Fortunately, with years of experience assisting clients in the Pacific Northwest, we are confident in our ability to help you develop the skills you need to live a healthy, sober life. So, when you are ready to take the next step, we are here to help. Contact us to get started today.