BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS AND EXERCISE
The correlation between exercise and improved treatment outcomes is clear. Engaging in physical activity has positive effects on the brain and overall health, but it benefits patients in other surprising ways as well. Exercise helps patients process difficult emotions and adds structure to the day. The release of endorphins that occurs after physical activity also works to heal the mind and combat depression and anxiety. Furthermore, being active can improve mental health by providing a confidence boost. Although often overlooked, feeling good about yourself and your abilities is an important part of recovery. A positive self-esteem contributes to long-term sobriety by supporting the development of healthy, productive behaviors. This is important because a poor self-image can reinforce negative thinking and undermine meaningful progress in recovery.
Exercise may also reverse some of the damage addiction has done to the body. Long-term exposure to drugs or alcohol can lead to serious physical complications, such as poor nutrition, low energy, weakened muscles, poor circulation, digestive issues and hormonal imbalances. Physical fitness can help y