Women’s Wellness: What Exercise Can Do for You

Women's Wellness: What Exercise Can Do for You

Exercise has many physical and mental benefits that can help strengthen your body and give you more confidence. A women’s wellness and experience program uses the benefits of physical exercise to help defeat the debilitating effects of addiction and get you back to a healthier self. An addiction treatment program that includes exercise therapy has a higher chance of success as you replace a bad habit with a good one.

At Hammocks on the Edisto, we are a women’s only inpatient treatment center near Charleston. We use exercise therapy to help women regain their independence through behavioral and exercise therapy programs. If you or a loved one is ready to work on their addiction recovery, call 833.793.0191 to speak with one of our compassionate therapists about how our exercise therapy program can benefit your recovery.

What Happens to Your Body When You Are Addicted

Drugs and alcohol produce a pleasurable effect by flooding your system with chemicals that tell the brain to release dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone. This chemical is responsible for more than just your smile and making you feel happy. It also helps with memory retention, motor function, and learning abilities.

The longer you take these substances, the more your body will rely on them to signal dopamine release, and soon your body will stop producing it naturally. When you do something you enjoy, like spending time with friends, enjoying a favorite meal, or caring for a child, you will not feel happy as you once did, forcing you to turn to your substance of choice. While you may think you have everything under control, you don’t and will lead to worsening mental health concerns, including:

  • Depression
  • Severe mood swings
  • Irrational anger
  • Suicidal thoughts

At Hammocks on the Edisto near Charleston, we use exercise therapy in our treatment programs to help retrain your body to release dopamine naturally without drugs or alcohol and help you get your life back.

How Exercise Therapy Can Benefit Your Addiction Recovery

There is plenty of evidence showing how beneficial exercise can be, including increased stamina, strength, and self-confidence. When you include exercise therapy with addiction recovery, you form healthy, positive habits to help you with your addiction recovery.

Along with improving your physical health and retraining your brain to release dopamine and other necessary hormones naturally, you will begin to feel other improvements mentally and physically:

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved mood
  • Increased energy
  • Better sleep
  • Stronger immune system
  • Fewer chances of a relapse

Exercise therapy gives you another option for fighting off your cravings as it gives your body a new thing to crave. Healthy habits can become addicting, and you will soon feel yourself wanting to go for a run or hit the gym instead of reaching for the bottle.

Types of Exercise You Can Participate in at Hammocks on the Edisto

A 30-minute daily workout is all it takes to change your mood and put you in good spirits. You will find plenty of activities and work out routines you can do when you choose Hammocks on the Edisto for your recovery needs, such as:

  • Aerobics/cardio/weight-lifting
  • Kayaking
  • Walking/jogging/running
  • Yoga
  • Croquet
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

When you first begin an exercise program, you may feel exhausted and worn out as you need to give your body time to adjust to the new routine. As you build up your stamina, you will begin to feel happier and healthier as the toxins leave your body.

Learn More at Hammocks on the Edisto

Our exercise therapy program at Hammocks on the Edisto gives your addiction a knockout punch for the win. Hammock’s on the Edisto is a women’s only inpatient treatment center near Charleston. By combining exercise and behavior therapy along with our behavior therapy programs, we give you a well-rounded recovery plan with fewer chances of relapse.

When you or a loved one are ready to commit to their addiction recovery, call 833.793.0191 to learn more about our women’s exercise therapy program and how it can benefit your recovery.

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