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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At Synergy Group Services, our holistic approach can help you heal your body, mind, and spirit from the damage of addiction. We offer our clients a variety of holistic therapies, including physical fitness coaching, acupuncture, massage therapy, art therapy and biofeedback. We have been helping people recover for many years and if you are concerned about your own use or that of a loved one, don’t wait; call today: (888) 267-8070.
The health benefits of essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are well documented. They serve as the building blocks of cells and promote energy, brain function and protect the body against disease, toxins and inflammation.
Few know of the various studies conducted on the relationship between EFAs and alcoholism. In one study, researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism linked the high rate of alcohol consumption with the low prevalence of EFAs in the body. They followed 4000 adults with reported alcohol problems and monitored their EFA levels and found a direct correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed and the drop of EFAs in the body. As such, heavy drinkers had far fewer EFAs than those who consumed less alcohol.
However, the main culprit of diminishing EFAs wasn’t the alcohol per se, but the food choices made by those who consume large quantities of alcohol. Many heavy drinkers and alcoholics don’t have a flair for fish or other foods rich in EFAs. If the body, particularly the brain, goes without EFAs for a long period of time it can cause developmental problems and physiological and biochemical abnormalities.
This relationship between EFAs and alcohol was taken a step further by PubMed who published an article last week that revealed EFAs can help with stress and anxiety among alcoholics in early recovery. Because EFAs help the body combat stress and anxiety, they can assist those in early recovery who would otherwise use alcohol to combat their stress. The study concluded that an elevated EFA/omega-3 intake may help reduce stress and anxiety – both heavy triggers for alcohol – therefore providing another means to increase the efficacy of alcoholism rehab programs.
Here at Synergy Group Services our alcoholism treatment program in our holistic rehab not only promotes a healthy diet, but our staff physicians conduct an entire medical evaluation upon admission to start nurturing clients bodies back to health. We do this both physically through nutrient rich meals and mentally, emotionally and spiritually through teaching behavioral tools and giving opportunities to practice using these tools in our holistic rehab that help alcoholics combat stress and anxiety.