For many people in recovery, physical fitness is an important way of maintaining a healthy connection between mind, body, and spirit. It is also an effective means of deali ng with stress and other triggers and can help cultivate a respect for one’s body, which is integral in helping maintain health and sobriety. Here are some great fitness tips to help maintain balance of all kinds in 2014.
1. Switch Up Your Workout
Changing up your workout routine is a great way to achieve balance for a number of reasons. Engaging in different activities helps work different muscles and can create total body fitness by preventing muscles from becoming too accustomed to a certain type of workout, which may begin to limit the effectiveness of that workout. Trying activities that do not come quite as naturally to you is also a great way to get in the habit of calmly trying new and unknown challenges, which is such an important part of recovery.
2. Engage in Both Team Activities and Solitary Ones
Group athletic activities, such as softball or basketball offer a chance to work with others and to strengthen team building skills. They can also be a wonderful way to socialize in a safe sober setting. Solitary activities, such as running or swimming offer different benefits, such as a more meditative experience, which can also have a wonderful impact on your general well being. Engaging in both types of activities is a great way to achieve balance.
3. Exercise Even When You Don’t Feel Like Doing It
Exercise makes most people feel great – after they are done doing it. Feeling the urge to skip a workout is very uncommon, especially on days when the weather is bad or you are tired. The reality is, however, that it will always be easy to find an excuse to skip the gym, and training yourself to make good decisions even when you’d emotionally rather not is a great way to achieve both mental and physical strength.
4. Know When To Take It Easy
Just because you are working out on a regular basis doesn’t mean that every workout has to be your most rigorous one. It is actually much more beneficial to allow yourself days of recovery or lighter workouts. These days allow muscles to heal so that they may function as well as possible during workouts when you are truly pushing yourself to the limit. Knowing when to rest and take breaks is also a great tool in recovery because it can help strengthen your ability to find effective stress relievers, such as meditation or breathing.
5. Take A Yoga Class
Yoga is a great way to cultivate both physical and figurative balance. Working in yoga poses to find balance often requires a combination of focus and relaxation. This type of calm resolve can also help your brain learn to seek and find balance, even during periods of your life when finding balance seems far fetched. Yoga is also a great way to continue to work on a general sense of calm.
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