A Beginner’s Guide to Running During Recovery

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Newly sober? If you’ve started a journey to addiction recovery, now might be a good time to fuel your recovery by working up a sweat. Running is one of the best forms of exercise and it delivers a staggering number of health benefits. Studies have shown that running drastically reduces your risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure and can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Running is also especially helpful for those working on their sobriety. It’s a powerful stress reliever and natural mood booster that can combat cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, it can help counteract the trauma that your body has endured during years of substance abuse – healing and restoring your physical and mental health.

Ready to get started? Here are a few strategies to help you hit the ground running!

(1) Ease your way into it.

When you’re adopting a new habit, it’s important to set yourself up for success. Give yourself small, reasonable (and specific) goals that are attainable. For example, instead of training for a marathon right away, commit to running a few minutes every day for the next four weeks. That way, you’ll be able to look back on your success, recalibrate your goals and continue pushing yourself forward.

(2) Track your progress.

Keep a journal of your running routes and the distance you cover. It can help keep you more accountable to your goals. And, there are plenty of free running apps you can use on your smartphone to record all of that for you. Some of the best include RunKeeper, iMapMyRun and SmartRunner.

(3) Fuel up beforehand.

Most experts recommend that you a small snack (200 to 400 calories) about an hour and a half before going out for a run. This gives your body enough time to digest it and make it available for your body to use as energy. Keep this rule of thumb in mind when you’re putting together a running plan. If you already get up early for work, it might make more sense to run in the evening.

Tip: As with any exercise regimen, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor in advance.

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