Exercise is a natural way to strengthen the body and improve mental well-being. There are many ways to reap the rewards of exercise, from taking a walk to running a marathon, and everything in between.
Exercise can benefit those in recovery in a number of ways:
When beginning an exercise program, it is important to keep your current state of health in mind. If you have not exercised in a while, you should consult your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. This is especially important for people who have been abusing alcohol for a long period and for those with any medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, as well as for those who are pregnant or are recovering from an injury. It is important to know your limits and to build upon your exercise program as you increase your fitness level in order to avoid injury related to over-exercise.
Individuals who would like to improve their health and overall well-being, reduce stress, and add structure, activity, and fun to their lives.
There are many, many ways to exercise, and the right one for you will depend upon your interests, budget, and present fitness level. You may wish to work with a personal trainer, join a gym or recreation center, or take classes. You may wish to exercise with a friend or by yourself. You may wish to just go for a daily walk around your neighborhood. Talk to your doctor about what activity level is appropriate for your present state of health and fitness.
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