Because alcohol and drug addiction effects physical health we believe it is very important to provide an opportunity for and information regarding fitness and exercise in our Residential Treatment program. Starting with a complete history and physical by one of our physicians, specific health information is provided and discussed with each individual allowing them the opportunity to develop a good exercise plan. Since many may have lived a sedentary life during their addiction and muscles may be weak from lack of use and damaged from the chemical use we suggest starting with mild exercise such as walking. An exercise plan that incorporates stretching, cardiovascular fitness and strength training is encouraged with appropriate goals.
Exercise is a healthy way to improve both the quality and longevity of life and it also has positive medical benefits such as lowering blood pressure, cholesterol as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Exercise can also improve mood, lower depression, anxiety, create mental alertness, reduce stress and enhance relationships. Below is a pyramid that provides suggested activities and frequencies.
Because some individuals may be resistant to the idea of exercise we continually encourage and promote the benefits of incorporating exercise into their recovery. We provide onsite fitness areas, including volleyball and basketball courts, work out areas with free weights and other fitness equipment as well as walking trails.