We all know that regular exercise is necessary for good health. Perhaps you’ve even had your GP tell you in the past that it was time for you to get involved in a regular exercise programme. Why? Because regular exercise is beneficial for a number of things, including weight management, proper body functioning, a healthy mind, and a healthy outlook on life.
It should not be a surprise that regular exercise is an important part of a drug or alcohol recovery as well. The trick is developing exercise plans uniquely tailored to the needs of each client in a given rehab clinic. That’s the job of therapists and trainers who specialise in this sort of thing.
When you enter drug or alcohol rehab, part of your initial assessment will be one of determining your current health. Clinic staff will want to know what types of exercise you would benefit from as well as those you should avoid. That information will be used to develop a customised plan for you.
Beyond Good Health
You might be interested to know that regular exercise may benefit clients in a recovery programme in ways that go beyond just good health. A number of studies have been undertaken within the last several years to determine whether certain kinds of exercise can influence recovery directly.
For example, a study published in 2010 suggested that cocaine addicts might experience fewer cravings and less permanent brain damage if regular exercise were part of their recovery programmes. The theory still has not been proven conclusively, but there is good evidence to suggest it might be true.
Another study published by the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health suggested that regular exercise helped recovering addicts reduce substance intake, breathe more easily, and enjoy greater levels energy. Self-esteem was also thought to be improved by regular exercise.
We are still trying to understand how exercise programmes can be used to make addiction recovery easier and more successful. In the meantime, the clinics we work with in Essex include exercise programmes in their treatments.
What You Can Expect from the Gym in Rehab
Any drug or alcohol rehab clinic you enter will likely have some sort of gym facilities, either on-site or off. The gym facilities are used to provide cardio exercises, weight lifting and so on. The types of equipment you will find include things like stair masters, treadmills, free weights, and stationary bikes.
There may be some other facilities as well:
Swimming Pools – Larger rehab clinics might offer swimming pools for both exercise and relaxation. When swimming is part of an exercise programme, it is scheduled and monitored by clinic staff.
Outdoor Facilities – Outdoor recreational facilities offer opportunities for both exercise and leisure. A facility might have a volleyball court, for example, allowing residents to get their exercise while enjoying the camaraderie of team activity. Another rehab clinic might have tennis courts, hiking trails, basketball courts, etc.
Regardless of the types of gym and health facilities offered, the most important thing for you to know is that your willing participation is key to your success. If you give 100% effort during the exercise portion of your treatment, you will reap all the benefits it provides. If you do not give your best effort, you will not.
Lastly, we want you to be aware that some residential rehab clinics employ yoga and other similar therapies in order to stimulate good health in both body and mind. Yoga is a great tool for teaching residents to relax, calming anxieties and reducing stress. It is also a great tool for helping them to learn how to take control of their minds.
If these types of activities are not what you are looking for, that’s fine. We work with a large number of clinics all across England and the UK. We can certainly find a clinic that provides the types of treatments you are most comfortable with. The last thing we would ever want to do is force you into participating in something, like yoga, against your will.
A Lifetime of Healthy Living & Gym
It is our sincere hope that the exercise programme you undertake while in recovery sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy living. If you continue to get regular exercise after leaving the residential clinic, you will notice it will continue to benefit you for as long as you do so. You will find it helps you to maintain a healthy weight, relieve stress, deal with cravings, and maintain an overall healthy outlook.
If you have any questions regarding exercise programmes or gym facilities, please do not hesitate to ask us about them. Our trained counsellors can answer all of the questions you might have. We are here to make sure you get treatment at a residential facility that meets your needs, even if those needs include specific requirements for regular exercise.
All of that said, please understand that we cannot help you until you make the choice to be helped. Getting onto the road to recovery can only happen when you decide to pick up the phone and call our addiction recovery helpline. Our recovery specialists are available around the clock.
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