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The Power of Exercise

Exercise is known to be good for your physical health, but did you know it can work wonders for your mental health? Simple exercise—walking, biking, swimming—are “proven mood boosters” says Jamie Ducharme, writer for TIME Magazine. Continue reading to learn more about the power of exercise and how you can implement it in your recovery.

Let’s Get Physical

“A heavy workout not only gets your heart, respiration, and sweat glands going, but it also causes the brain to release endorphins—analgesic hormones that ease the physical strain of exercise and, not for nothing, have a subtle opiating effect,” reports Ducharme.

Aerobic exercise, she says, also can lower emotional stress in the body. The less distress, the better you feel. Besides these effects, emotional stress is also related to how you feel when you are plagued with anxiety. The more often you work out and get these systems working, the less surprised your body will react when you begin to feel anxious.

You get used to the way your body behaves when your heart rate is up, breathing gets heavy, and you begin to sweat. In this way, you’re able to better handle when you begin to feel like this.

Heavy Workouts Are Not the Only Way, Though

You don’t have to run a marathon or become a weight lifter to feel the positive impacts of exercising, though. Simply going for a walk, a bike ride, or a swim can help you. There is a “significant reduction in depressive symptoms” in those who engage in even a bit of exercise. The physical benefits are also endless, such as “strengthening bones and building muscle mass.”

Today, try going for a walk in your neighborhood. Start slow and move up to a bit more exercise once you’re ready. Getting in a routine where you exercise is key. Even if you don’t feel like it, getting up and out of the house can make a world of a difference.

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to promote physical health and wellness as much as mental health and wellness. Your recovery should include both physical and mental routines to keep you on track. Call us today at (866) 697-7573. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need to continue on your recovery journey. Call now. You won’t be disappointed.