Exercise is not only for your body’s muscles. Meth’s effects can be particularly long lasting and harmful to the brain. Studies by Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey, M.D., show that a fast-paced workout increases the production of specialized brain cells that affect learning and memory. He found that regular exercise not only relieves anxiety and mild to moderate depression, it literally helps the brain heal faster. And, just as importantly, a fast-paced workout actually helps redirect the brain away from cravings and fights off the impulse to use – often for hours. Important information to remember.
So, as a recovering meth addict you exercise for three reasons: 1) it’s good for your body and overall well being; 2) it assists your brain in healing faster; and 3) it helps counteract the impulse to use.
Should you exercise? Duh.
One other scientific fact it helps to know: it takes 21 days for your brain to create a new habit. If you are at day 18 of exercising and you think, “This is useless and I hate it,” stick with it through day 21 and, most likely, you’ll feel differently.
Join a gym or an exercise class and give it at least 21 days. This is the new you in recovery.