Weight Training and Addiction TreatmentExercise is an essential component for successful alcohol and drug addiction treatment. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. That includes weight training. The department recommends that adults do muscle-strengthening activities of at least moderate intensity for all major muscle groups at least two days a week. At Cornerstone Healing Center, our program includes daily resistance training for improved physical, mental and emotional health.. We work with a highly reputable Certified Fitness Instructor to provide safe resistance training for all skill levels for our clients. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of weight training for addicts. A study by the National Institutes of Health found the benefits of exercise for clients in drug rehab and alcohol rehab programs include:
- A feeling of achievement
- Improved strength and overall health and physical fitness
- More confidence in remaining sober
Benefits of Resistance Training for AddictsWeight lifting and other types of resistance training do so much more than increase longevity and boost cardiovascular function. Some of the benefits that help in the addiction recovery process include:
- Improved mood: A review of dozens of studies on weight training in The New York Times found weight training can help ease and prevent depression. Addicts who feel helpless or depressed about what they’re going through can use weight training to power through challenges and improve their confidence in recovery.
- Healthy routine: Regular weight lifting provides structure and routine, which can deter addicts from drug or alcohol relapse. Resistance training is a healthy activity that can be a coping mechanism and that can instill a sense of accomplishment.
- Better sleep: Weight training improves sleep by reducing stress and anxiety. It also promotes clear thinking, among other psychological improvements.