There are myriad benefits to exercising in recovery, not just for the body but also the mind. Improved self-esteem is just one of the many ways a person can benefit from exercising. Endorphins are released during exercise which is a huge trigger for positive energy in the body. The feeling of a ‘runner’s high’ can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. Learn some other great benefits to exercising.

Benefits Galore

If a person wants to benefit from exercise, the best way to do it is by getting started slowly. Finding ways to get involved in physical activity can help a person enjoy fitness while also gaining some of the benefits:

  • Stronger heart
  • Increased energy
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Reduced body fat
  • Overall health

Treatment for Depression

It has been said that exercise can boost a person’s mood and will help in the treatment of depression. It is not a panacea and cannot cure everything that ails a person but exercising can help promote mood and feeling better overall. The following are great starters for moderate exercise:

  • Biking
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Golf
  • Housework
  • Jogging
  • Yoga
  • Playing tennis
  • Swimming
  • Walking

Strong social support is also critical in recovery and especially for those with depression, it can be a mood booster. Joining an exercise group may be beneficial. Exercise with a friend or partner can also be helpful for emotional support.

Prior to starting an exercise program, a person should speak with a doctor to find out what activities are allowable and to discover ways to get healthy without hurting oneself. If a person has been sedentary for awhile or needs to find ways of getting started in a healthy manner, a doctor can advise on how to do that individually. Keeping goals at the forefront of a person’s mind will help focus on recovery because it is very important to keep in mind how a person is wired and how he or she wants to exercise. Try to get in at least 20 to 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, even if it is just walking. Build up to that if it is too much in the beginning. Choose an activity which is fun and will be enjoyable for the long term and find a way to fix it in the schedule every week. Variety is great so be sure to try exercises which won’t be boring. Stick with it and keep going for the maximum benefits. Bring friends with to try new things and keep it fun.

Cypress Lakes encourages exercise at our beautiful location. We want you to experience positive mind, body, and soul connection with nature by getting outdoors, trying new exercises and working it into a routine in a healthy way, under the advice of a doctor. We will help you find ways getting back to health. Call us to get started: 866-217-2636