Physical fitness – like yoga, team sports, workouts and even just daily walks – can play a transformative role in recovery.
Exercise increases the body’s production of endorphins, which help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. It also increases heart rates, which promote the flow of blood and oxygen to our brains, and improve moods, increase energy levels and aid in brain function.
Strengthening the Healing Process
Physical fitness can be particularly beneficial to IBH Addiction Recovery clients who are very new to recovery and experiencing high anxiety. Exercise can alter parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. It also produces an increase in brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression. What’s more, physical activities give clients the opportunity to let off steam, socialize and just have fun. This is especially important in recovery because clients have to learn how to have fun without the use of drugs and alcohol.
Through physical fitness, IBH Addiction Recovery can strengthen the healing process as clients begin their journey of recovery. The more we can encourage our clients to be physically healthy, the better their spiritual and mental health becomes.
IBH Addiction Recovery recreation facilities include an on-campus volleyball court and softball field, as well as a full-size gym. The gym, located in the Education Center, features a modern workout space with elliptical equipment, treadmills, stationary bikes, and cable-type workout centers.