At first, balancing fitness and addiction recovery may seem hard to adopt, but we’ve learned exercise becomes a significant ally to our residents on their journeys to recovery and long after. Summit Malibu offers a wide range of physical activities that residents of all fitness levels can participate. Residents seeking a fitness option that incorporates meditative practices may gravitate towards yoga, while those interested in a higher impact workout may find themselves more invested in boxing with our on-site personal trainer.
For residents who struggle with anger or anxiety, a good workout can serve as a healthy coping mechanism for calming the nerves and improving one’s mental state. In numerous studies, exercise has been shown to activate the release of endorphins which have a ‘feel good’ effect on the brain, making exercise a natural mood enhancer and a way for our residents to work out aggression healthfully.
When our residents select a fitness activity and allow it to become a routine, they are not only exercising their bodies; they are also giving their mind a workout. We believe fitness and recovery from addiction go hand in hand; the discipline it takes to make fitness a habit can be transferred to holding oneself accountable.