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The Importance of Exercise During Recovery

As you go through the detoxification process, your body is faced with a major change. The substance you are so familiar with is no longer in your system, and you have no intentions of introducing it again in the future. To better your chance of success and bring additional benefits to this stage of recovery,…
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As you go through the detoxification process, your body is faced with a major change. The substance you are so familiar with is no longer in your system, and you have no intentions of introducing it again in the future.

To better your chance of success and bring additional benefits to this stage of recovery, you should realize the benefits of exercise.

During detox, you may not feel like getting out of bed and working out. Once you take this step, however, you will find that you are feeling better, both mentally and physically.

Physical Benefits of Exercise

Since no two people are the same, it is important to find an exercise regimen that works for you. As soon as you are comfortable with a particular workout, you will begin to experience the following benefits:

  • Improved circulation
  • Better sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Healthier weight
  • Stronger heart
  • Toned body

It is easy to understand the physical benefits of exercise during detox, but did you know that there are a variety of psychological benefits as well? These include:

  • Decrease in stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Improved mood with fewer mood swings
  • Increased self confidence
  • Better outlook on life

As you get started with detox, you will find that your body is going through changes that it does not enjoy. While you can rely on medication to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, there are other things you can do, such as exercising, that offer just as many benefits.

It may sound counterproductive to workout when you are feeling poorly, but there are many advantages of exercise during detox that are sure to put you in position to achieve all your goals.

Dr Kate Smith

Clinical Reviewer

More about Dr. Kate Smith

Dr. Kate Smith is a licensed professional and has worked in the mental health and substance abuse disorder fields for over 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, graduating magna cum laude from her class. She obtained her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Barry University in an accelerated program.

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