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Using Exercise in Your Recovery

Integrating exercise into your recovery routine has endless benefits. There are also so many different ways to exercise that there’s something for everyone! If you enjoy a physical challenge, you can join a class or create an exercise schedule based on your skill level and interests. If you would prefer to take things slow, you can find benefits in yoga or walking. Exercise does more than help us maintain weight. It can also help keep our heart healthy, boost our moods, and help refocus our attention when we have cravings to use substances. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to begin, continue reading for help. 

Start Slow and Build Your Way Up

If you aren’t used to vigorous exercise, it’s not a great idea to throw yourself into an advanced cycling class on day one. Not only will you most likely feel physically exhausted, you might get discouraged and not want to continue. It’s essential to start with small goals when you decide to incorporate exercise into your recovery routine. You will still get excellent benefits from less strenuous exercise! The key is to make exercise a regular part of your routine. Try to get outside each day and walk for thirty minutes if you’re just starting out. You may not feel like exercising, but try to push yourself to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. Getting into a healthy mindset and making exercise a part of each day will help reinforce the healthy habit you’re trying to establish. Once you are used to thirty minutes of exercise, try to go fifteen minutes longer, or increase the intensity. Challenge yourself a little bit and see how much you can accomplish!

Find Something You Love

If you’re forcing yourself into an exercise that you hate, you’re going to associate negative feelings with any exercise. If you don’t enjoy biking or running, don’t force yourself into that activity. Try swimming, hiking, or lifting weights instead. It might take a little time, but there are activities out there that you will enjoy. Another way to shake up your routine is to connect with other people when you exercise. Invite a friend on your walk or take a yoga class to meet new people. The more you enjoy what you’re doing, the better you will benefit from it!


Here at Villa Tranquil, we encourage you to find a form of exercise that you enjoy. We believe that holistic care gives our clients the best chance at a successful recovery. We can help you learn how to implement exercise in your daily recovery routine. If you have questions about the programs we offer, call us now at (866) 697-7573. Villa Tranquil Recovery is the place for you to find a healthy and happy sober life. We can’t wait to hear from you! Call us today!