Everyone knows that working out is good for you.
As long as you are not too extreme about it there really is no downside to working out.
It is great for the body and the mind.
Scientists and researchers have found throughout the years that working out is so much more than just exercise and movement of the body.
It can enhance your quality of life and can have profound positive effects on a neurological and emotional level.
Working out has been proven to be so beneficial to the mind and body that addiction treatment programs and facilities have adopted it in their recovery programs for people who are suffering from addiction.
Overall Benefits of Working Out
There are some general overall health benefits to working out.
It keeps you healthy.
Exercising on a daily basis can literally help to keep you alive longer by lowering your blood cholesterol level and blood pressure.
Individually these improvements can lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It also helps in weight management.
Yes, you can manage your weight for vanity reasons, but also maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of getting type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.
Working out helps with the longevity of the physical body. When you work out, you develop stronger muscles and joints which helps as you age.
Regular exercise and physical activity can reduce recovery time from surgery or long hospitalization periods.
Exercise and Stress
Many people will tell you that while they are working out, or afterward they feel more energetic, they are in a better mood, or they are able to sleep better or relax more.
This may be because you may be tiring yourself out and actually getting better sleep, but it is also a little more scientific than that.
When you exercise there are chemical changes taking place in the brain. Think about when you are in a stressful situation.
There is tension, anxiety, elevated heart rate, inability to rest, and possibly a lot of unhealthy external habits.
Working out is literally a mood elevator. It increases the production endorphins in the brain.
Endorphins are neurotransmitters in the brain that allow you to feel pleasure and happiness.
The increase in production can have long-term effects by increasing the number of endorphins released when your body is at rest which means you feel happy even when you are not working out.
Doing a physical activity can take your mind off the struggles or negative feelings you may be having outside of that exercise time.
It also gives you a sense of focus and accomplishment while you are working out and once you are finished.
A Healthy Weight
There are many people who want to lose weight, but they struggle to lose the pounds and the inches.
What you are eating has a lot to do with your weight loss or gain, but what working out does is help your body to burn the calories you are taking in.
The more you engage in physical activity, the more calories you will burn. The goal of working out and weight loss is to burn calories even when your body is at rest.
You can train your body by working out often to burn more calories while you are sleeping, while you are sitting at your desk, or while you are lying on the couch watching TV.
This is how you can use exercise to maintain a healthy weight (even while you are eating).
Avoid a Stroke
Blood pressure is the amount of force blood is being pushed up against the blood vessel walls as it is being pumped from the heart throughout your entire body.
When the blood struggles to go through the blood vessel the heart has to work harder to push the blood through which also increases the pressure.
This is what it is called “high blood pressure.” Being overweight, eating too much sodium, smoking, stress, and genetics can all be attributed to high blood pressure, and so can lack of physical activity.
Doctors recommend getting your heart rate up at least 30 minutes five days out of the week. Just 30 minutes of working out at a moderate pace can help to lower the risk of a stroke by 27%.
Working Out and Addiction
Abusing drugs and alcohol can cause serious damage to your body, and it may not just be the substance but the subsequent behaviors that come from the addiction.
This is why more and more addiction treatment centers are incorporating exercise into their programs.
There is no doubt that mental and behavioral therapies like cognitive therapy, behavioral counseling, and mental health treatments help in the recovery process.
Following the laid out steps like in some programs is also crucial to the recovery process. But more and more drug addiction specialists are finding that exercise helps immensely in long-term sobriety.
Physical activity helps your body to recover from the physical harm it has been through due to the addiction. It will help to improve the way your body is functioning.
For example, people who suffer from alcoholism are more likely to be obese than a person who only drinks socially.
That is because alcohol has a lot of calories in it which negatively affects your weight.
As you are going through treatment and not drinking, you will not be taking in those calories which will help with your weight loss but adding exercise to the equation will also reduce the risk for health issues that can arise when you are obese.
Working out also benefits people who are on the opposite end of the spectrum and their drug use has caused them to be malnutrition and weak.
Exercise increases blood circulation, stimulates the lungs, and develops endurance which can all aid in the rebuilding process of their body and their life.