Exercise to Fuel Your Recovery

Posted on :  June 25th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

One of the best things that you can do for your recovery is add an exercise regimen. Whether you decide to add yoga, weight lifting, or running to your schedule, adding exercise will help you maintain your recovery and become fit. After abusing your body with your addiction, getting fit might not seem like something you can do, but it just takes that first step to get on the path to feeling good.

There are plenty of benefits to exercising beyond the obvious physical ones. People who regularly workout, tend to eat better. By simply exercising, you will want to eat healthy, real food rather than processed fast food and junk food. You will also meet new people, especially if you exercise at a gym, yoga studio, or local Y. Those new people can become good friends who will support you on your fitness goal. You will also develop good habits that will keep you from wanting and needing to relapse into your addiction. When you add an hour (or more) of exercise to your daily schedule, you will have less time to do other things during the day.

In order to have success with your exercise plan, here are some tips:

Make a realistic goal: Before you create goals to lose weight, your first fitness goals should be about showing up. The weight will eventually come off with regular exercise, but if you do not show up, then nothing will change. Good fitness goals involve setting a daily time to exercise, attending a certain number of classes each week, using a fitness app on your phone, or trying different exercise styles before committing to the one you like the most.

Have fun: Exercising should not be a burden. To keep exercise fun, you have to develop a mindset that exercise really is fun. You need to be an active participant so you can enjoy not only the endorphins you get, but the socializing and other benefits, too. When you look forward to exercising, you are more likely to show up and get healthy.

Stick to your schedule: As you move through your day, you might have times that you would prefer not to exercise. If you stick to your schedule, you will not give up on yourself and your goals. Treat your exercise schedule like you would anything else related to work or self care and you will reach your goals quickly.

Stay patient: Reaching fitness goals takes time. When you set your first fitness goals, it is a good idea not to set a specific time to reach them. You might think that losing ten pound in two months is a good fitness goal, but it can be too much all at once. With regular exercise, you will see changes, in your strength, flexibility, and body tone. It might take time, but you will see the changes as they occur.

Keep track: This does not mean that you need to invest in an expensive app, but you should find something to track. Maybe you give yourself an “X” on a calendar so you can see how many workouts you completed each week. Maybe you keep track of the cups of water you drink each day. You might want to track the calories you eat. At first, it is best to keep your tracking minimal and after you become comfortable with the idea, you can add to your recording. Tracking your work can help keep you motivated to keep showing up.

As with any physical change, it is always a good idea to discuss your plans with your physician especially since you are in recovery. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Towards Recovery Clinics 905-527-2042.

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