At Hope Rehab we view fitness as a level of physical well-being where you are able to get the most out of life. An important part of rebuilding life after addiction is to develop healthy habits in body and mind. That’s why we get up early to join one of the morning activities, e.g. a bike ride, workout session, pilates, yoga, or tai chi – the fitness program varies from day to day. In addition, you can sign up for one-on-one Muay Thai sessions or personal training in the afternoons. At least twice a week you can also join one of our team sports, e.g. basketball, soccer/football or pool volleyball.
We try to put in as many different kinds of sport as possible to help you find at least one thing that you enjoy enough to continue it after your rehab treatment with us. Exercising will not only give your life in recovery structure and routine but also help you to feel comfortable in your own body again. One of the many benefits of doing sports is that it releases the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Those are chemicals in your brain that improve your overall mood, memory and contribute to protecting your mental health.
What is fitness?
The word ‘fitness’ can be difficult to pin down because it is used so subjectively in everyday speech. Some people associate physical fitness with being able to climb a flight of stairs while for others it is the ability to run a marathon. The most common definition of fitness is that it is the ability to perform daily tasks without excessive fatigue, but even this description sounds a bit vague. The way we view physical fitness here at Hope Rehab is as a level of physical wellness where you are able to get the most out of life. This doesn’t have to be about running marathons or becoming a gym-rat. It is about getting and keeping your body at least in a fit enough shape, so you can comfortably accomplish the tasks you need to do each day.