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Not Sweating It: How to Safely Incorporate a Fitness Routine Into Your Addiction Recovery

Not Sweating It: How to Safely Incorporate a Fitness Routine Into Your Addiction Recovery

Not Sweating It: How to Safely Incorporate a Fitness Routine Into Your Addiction Recovery

When recovering from addiction, it’s difficult to find the right path to reaching the best version of yourself. With something as tantalizing as happiness and personal fulfillment just beyond the horizon, it’s easy to see why so many people would sprint to the finish line. However, the path forward is long and full of pitfalls. Your recovery relies on a balance of how hard you push yourself and how well you prepare for the road ahead. Here are a few tips for incorporating a fitness routine into your addiction recovery.

Don’t Let Benefits Become Detriments

Diet and exercise are beneficial to your personal health, but they are also key in supplementing your addiction recovery. For many, pursuing physical fitness serves as a stand-in for negative behaviors. The euphoria produced by exercise alone is enough to curb an addict’s need for a high while also providing huge boosts of confidence and self-esteem. However, as with anything in life, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.

This is not to say that your fitness routine is just as bad as your previous addiction, but there is a limit to the benefits you can receive from exercise before it starts bringing you down. If you start overexerting yourself, you’ll soon feel exhaustion weighing down on you. Without giving yourself time to recuperate, you could easily injure yourself or become so tired that it takes days or even weeks to get back up to your usual level of production. In the end, pushing yourself too hard will only become a detriment to your recovery and overall health.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

The best way to avoid overexerting yourself is by giving yourself some down time in your fitness routine. Instead of hitting the gym every day out of the week, give yourself a few days with little or no physical activity. This will give you time to recover so that your next workout session will be twice as effective.

Likewise, you should allow for a little wiggle room in your diet by giving yourself a weekly cheat day to eat whatever you like regardless of calorie-count or sugar/fat content. Being flexible in your pursuit of fitness removes the pressure of committing yourself completely to a routine day in and day out, making it easier to keep going strong with your addiction recovery.

The Value of Investing in Self-Care

Just because you give yourself some downtime, doesn’t mean that you have to waste time. Diet and exercise are just some of the ways that you can take care of yourself. The reality is, there are several ways you can better your personal wellness that do not involve sweating or counting calories. In your downtime, you can focus on some of the other areas of your personal wellness, including your mental and emotional health. During one of your rest days, spend time meditating or reading a book to boost your mental acuity. Alternately, you could hire a masseuse to work out the kinks and knead the stress and exhaustion out of your body.

Make Time for Both

There’s more than one way to care for yourself, which is great news for your personal wellness and addiction recovery. By diversifying your fitness and self-care activities, you’ll never become burned out from doing the same thing over and over again. Furthermore, focusing on more than one area of your personal wellness gives you time to recover so that you won’t overexert yourself. If you’ve already developed a fitness routine for yourself, add some other self-care activities throughout to give your addiction recovery more balance.

It’s easy to see why you would attempt to push through your recovery to reach the end. However, addiction recovery isn’t about the endpoint, but the journey you experience along the way. It’s through learning how to love and care for yourself that you can truly overcome your addiction.

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