Exercise & Nutrition
Exercise and nutrition play a key role in the in the overall health of an individual in both a physical and mental capacity. In substance abuse treatment, exercise and nutrition also serve as a form of therapy since they provide stress reduction and relaxation techniques. When an individual is eating right and taking care of themselves it gives them a sense of self-worth and a chance to heal their body. This is especially important for an individual who is currently recovering from substance abuse because it gives them a sense of control over their body and actions. There is a lot of literature about diet and exercise and it has been said that “we are what we eat.” This is why they play such an important role in the overall health of everyone including those suffering from addiction.
The Benefits of Exercise During Addiction Treatment
Exercise is any physical activity that enhances or maintains fitness and overall wellness. Individuals may exercise for many different reasons including; to strengthen the muscles, improve cardiovascular system health, build athletic skills, weight loss and simply for enjoyment. Frequent and regular exercise has been shown to boost the immune system and help in the prevention of disease such a heart and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Exercise also helps to improve mental health by helping to ward off depression and by promoting and maintaining positive self-esteem. A standard exercise plan while in treatment for substance abuse is usually three to five days a week of planned physical activity. This usually consists of activities like weight training, yoga, Pilates, cardio, swimming, kickboxing, running or jogging.
The Importance of Good Nutrition During Recovery
Nutrition is the process of providing our body the food and nutrients needed for growth and health. It is a known fact that many common health problems can be prevented or even alleviated with a healthy diet. Nutritionists are professionals who specialize in meal planning and preparation. They are trained to provide evidence-based dietary information to individuals, as well as institutions. A nutritionist is an important part of an addiction treatment facility. They can make sure that healthy meals are prepared by knowledgeable staff that will ensure better overall health of the patients.