Whether you are in the initial years of your recovery journey or having been committed to your sobriety for much longer, there are many important aspects to staying active. Being active is also beneficial to those who are brand new to a sober lifestyle, as well as those who may be struggling to maintain their sobriety.
In this article, we’re going to share with you the top benefits of being active, as well as the top five activities to help you in your recovery and throughout sobriety.
The importance of staying active in recovery
There are many reasons as to why keeping up with an active lifestyle can be highly beneficial to you, your recovery, and your sobriety.
There are the more technical benefits, such as how regular physical activity naturally and positively alters the chemistry in your brain. Engaging in movement daily triggers an organic surge of multiple hormones and chemicals that boosts your self-esteem, gives you an energy burst, and also makes you feel better through the rush of endorphins and other “happy” hormones that are released.
Some additional benefits of an active lifestyle include:
- Relieving stress and anxiety
- Promoting deeper and more restful sleep
- Alleviating depression
- Strengthening your immune system
In addition, staying active is often an important factor in maintaining sobriety, as it creates a natural high. Since many people develop a personal sense of pride and goals through being active, it incentivizes them to maintain their sobriety.
4 fun activities in sobriety
The extent of strain your body has experienced through addiction demands extra levels of TLC (tender love and care) until it recovers and genuinely heals.
You might find yourself experiencing what might feel like a bit of a rollercoaster as you adjust to sobriety, making it feel tempting to hide from it all — this is normal. But indulging your urge to become a recluse will only prolong your recovery, and that’s where staying active comes in.
Here are our top four fun ways to stay active in recovery and maintain your sobriety.
1. Join a gym
We know, this might sound like a cliché, but it’s true what people say: working out does make you feel better. Adopt the mentality that you are working out because you love your body (not because you hate it), and create a routine that you genuinely enjoy, instead of forcing yourself to stick to a rigid regime that only makes you dread the gym. You’ve got this.
2. Join a local community organization
This could be joining a swing dancing group or a community sports team; a “cleanup crew” (these groups typically exist in cities that are near park trails and beaches), swimming in the local watering holes (in nature or the country pool); joining the yoga community, and so much more. The best part is you get to experiment, and then you get to choose. Options will vary based on what your city offers, but at the very least, you can always start your own group.
3. Spend more time in nature
Maybe lifting heavy things or spending 30 minutes on a treadmill isn’t your thing. If you like the great outdoors, the fresh air, the wildlife, the oneness with nature, then prioritize looking into nature-based activities. This could be cycling, swimming, hiking, climbing, ziplining — a quick online search (but even better, speaking with other locals) will give you a long list of what you can do outside near you.
4. Do something you’ve always wanted
Dig deep and ask yourself, what have you always wanted to do but never have? Maybe you dreamed about snorkeling in a specific reef, hiking up a particular mountain, traveling to a certain country; or maybe you’ve always wanted to go rock climbing, skiing, or surfing. Find some activity you’ve always been curious about, and give yourself permission to try it.
We know sobriety can be overwhelming, whether you’re new to this lifestyle or not — that’s why we’re here.
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If you or someone you know is seeking treatment for substance abuse or addiction, we’re here to help.
At Real Recovery Sober Living, we’re committed to helping you achieve sobriety, reclaim your personhood, and create the life you’ve always wanted.
We offer a variety of rehabilitation programs, each of which is highly tailored to your specific situation, needs, and preferences. Our compassionate team of experienced medical staff will be there with you ever step of your journey, from enrollment, through recovery, and into sobriety.
This isn’t something you have to go through alone. When you’re ready to talk, we’ll be here to listen.
To learn more about how we can help you on your road to recovery, you can submit a form or give our office a call today at 855-363-7325.