Staying sober means changing your habits. Our Confidant team will help you discover different habits that promote a healthy lifestyle, including one that we've all heard time and again: regular exercise. In fact, exercising directly combats the urge to drink by altering your brain chemistry. Exercise also improves self-esteem and keeps you busy.
1. Exercise Provides the Perfect Mental and Physical Outlet
Drinking is often a coping mechanism used to combat feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety. But exercise has a positive effect on each of these mental states and offers an outlet for physical energy. Exercise can help you stay sober by allowing you to overcome negative mental states in a much healthier way.Let urges drink signal that it's time to lace up your running shoes, roll out the yoga mat, or reach for the dumbbells. You'll refocus negative mental energy -- and any of its physical manifestations, like tense muscles -- into something wholly positive. By the end of your session, you'll experience a different state of mind, plus a sense of pride and purpose.