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Move: Incorporating the Outdoors Into Your Recovery

There’s no shortage of things to do outdoors. Today, Villa Tranquil Recovery is going to focus on three things you can do outside to boost your recovery: walking, swimming, and cycling. Not only can you make each of these activities a workout, but they can also be manipulated into light or heavy exercise depending on the mood you’re in and what intensity you’re looking for. Continue reading for more information about how you can use these activities to benefit your recovery.

Welcoming Walks

Walking is such a calming activity to do. You can take a walk when you are feeling stressed. By the end of your walk, you will probably feel more at ease. For Sian Lewis, writer for Wellness Journal magazine, “There’s a meditative state to be achieved in the gentle repetition of movement, and a heart-lifting sense of achievement to be found in covering ground.” Walking in nature, specifically, offers a break from daily life and responsibilities. “There’s a lesson in perspective to be gained from taking paths trodden by centuries of feet, up mountains that are indifferent to the humans that come and go.” The road less traveled has many opportunities, if only you are looking for them.

Wild About Water

In his writing, Lewis also discusses the restorative effects of water, stating “Refresh, recalibrate, re-energize — wild swimming is good for the soul.” A world removed from wi-fi can have great calming energy to it. Being in the water and letting your worries fade away is a great way to get away from all of the noise and practice some self-care. There’s no doubt you’ll come out feeling refreshed.

The Ride to Happiness

“Longing to shake off the weight of the world? Maybe it’s time to get on your bike,” says Lewis. With the wind in your hair and the pedals turning fast, it’s awfully hard to remain angry. Giving this pent up energy a place to go is crucial to keeping a level head in your recovery. If you’re feeling bogged down by triggers, getting exercise is a great way to let them go. Surrounded by wildlife and nature, give yourself the chance to reconnect and return to a peaceful state of mind.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you get back on track. Together, we can work to find the coping skills that are right for you, like exercise and outdoor activities. Call us today at 214-799-3080 to learn more about our programs and services. We look forward to joining you on your recovery journey.