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Health and Fitness in Recovery

Health and Fitness in RecoveryHealth and Fitness are becoming more and more of a focus in the medical and mental health fields. For instance, professionals who work in medicine, psychiatry, and psychology are encouraging their clients more often to tend to take action in ensuring their physical and psychological health. The enormous benefits of Health and Fitness in recovery have prompted health professionals to encourage their clients to stay actively fit. In fact, research now shows that Health and Fitness can even be a preventative measure, guarding against the development of physical and psychological illnesses. A research study published in American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that even moderate exercise could prevent episodes of depression over the long term. The study analyzed 26 years worth of research findings, which revealed that even low levels of physical activity, such as walking for 20-30 minutes per day, could prevent depression.

Benefits of Health and Fitness in Recovery

There is a long list of benefits that a person experiences when he or she makes Health and Fitness a regular focus in their daily life. If a person exercises at least 30 minutes per day for three days per week, he or she is likely to experience the following benefits:

Physical Benefits of Exercise

  • Weight loss and management
  • Improves circulation
  • Removes toxins from the body through sweating
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Boosts energy
  • More restful sleep
  • Improved circulation

Psychological Benefits of Exercise

  • Improved self-image
  • Relieves stress
  • Improved mood
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Provides a healthy hobby
  • Sharpens mental skills
  • Positive feelings surrounding taking care of oneself

Exercise can also help with the health of the brain, including making new neural connections, which alone can facilitate enduring change.

How to Improve Health and Fitness

To experience the above listed benefits, a person doesn’t need to become an athlete. Instead, he or she can simply take regular heart-rate raising walks. As long as the form of exercise that a person is engaged in is a form of cardio activity (raising the heart rate), he or she should feel the effects of exercise. Vigorous walking on a regular basis can be the foundation for mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual health.

Other Forms of Health and Fitness

Thus far, this article has primarily discussed exercise. Yet, there are other ways a person can ensure their health and fitness. These include:

  • Regularly seeing a medical doctor
  • Working with a therapist or psychologist to tend to any psychological wounds or concerns
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating well
  • Practicing forms of relaxation techniques (meditation, yoga, deep breathing) to prevent against stress-related disorders
  • Following practices of safety (not walking alone at night, driving within the speed limit, etc.)
  • Avoiding the use of substances
  • Regularly having fun and enjoying pleasurable activities
  • Nourishing the spiritual and emotional sides of oneself
  • Ensuring that all basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, etc) are met
  • Experiencing some form of meaning and/or purpose in life

As mentioned above, it’s becoming more and more clear that when a person focuses on their health and fitness in recovery, he or she has more inner resources to face the challenges of life and prevent illness. When a person feels well physically, emotionally, and psychologically, that person is more likely to enjoy the fullness life has to offer.