Make Amends To Your Body and Reclaim Your Health at Real Recovery Health and Wellness in Recovery Reclaim Your Health in Recovery Health is an important part of recovery. Ask recovered addicts and alcoholics what key elements outside of the 12-steps have played a key role in their overall success – we guarantee that the top performers will mention exercise, eating healthy, and awareness of their mental wellbeing.When you’re on the path of recovery, nutrition and exercise become powerful tools that can be utilized to boost your mood, increase your energy, and reduce overall stress. With so many benefits to be had, allowing health to play an active role in your recovery isn’t just about reaching your goals, but reclaiming your mind, body, and spirit in sobriety. Nutrition in Recovery Like most things during active addiction, eating healthy and proper nutrition aren’t exactly top priorities. When you’re spending all your time, money, and energy on alcohol or drugs, it leaves you without any resources to keep your body in good shape. Let alone the fact that a heavy drinker can easily put away thousands of calories each day from alcohol alone. When coupled with the munchies or late-night food binges – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that our nutritional habits have likely wreaked havoc on our bodies. Although eating a well-balanced diet can be paramount to reclaiming your health in sobriety, it can be difficult to make the right food choices after years of making the wrong ones. Making healthy food choices does become easier with a little practice, and will payout tenfold in the long-term. As your body heals from the inside out, you’ll notice the difference that good nutrition can make:Improved moodIncreased energyBetter memoryStronger immune systemReduced inflammation and risk of diseaseMany associate “healthy food” with “expensive” but that’s simply not true. Many of our residents meal prep on the weekends so they have delicious, healthy, and quick meals they can reheat during the week. Many recipes can cost as little as $1.00 per meal. Still not convinced? Check out these recipe sites:50-Dirt-Cheap Meal Prep Recipes (all less than $2 per serving)Budget-Friendly Meal Prep (dozens of $0.91 – $4.00 recipes)77 Cheap & Easy Dinner RecipesWe often associate “take out” with easy but as it turns out, meal prepping is not only easier but faster and the cheapest way to meet your nutritional needs. Plus, with a little practice it’s far more delicious. If you need a little more motivation just remember that quality dating material will always be impressed by someone with skills in the kitchen. Exercise and Mental Health in Recovery Sobriety can be an exciting new beginning that allows someone who previously struggled with a bad habit to replace their struggles with new practices and a healthier lifestyle. While nutrition plays a fundamental role in recovery, it needs to go hand in hand with physical activity.Regular exercise during the early stages of sobriety can play a pivotal role in your sobriety. Studies have shown that exercise releases healthy “feel good” neurotransmitters, chemicals in your brain like endorphins, to the body, creating a natural “high”. Believe it or not, these are the same endorphins that are released and reinforce that “high” feeling that in part reinforces substance abuse use.Breaking down the biochemical anatomy of the brain and substance abuse is outside the scope of this page, we’ll leave that to the medical professionals. What exercise does do, in simple terms, is help reintroduce healthy endorphins and naturally produced chemicals that your body creates to help heal the damage substance abuse has wreaked on our body and mind.Not only will a regular exercise routine make your body physically feel stronger, there are several hidden health benefits from getting active, including:Help for depression and anxiety – exercise is a scientifically proven mood booster, decreasing symptoms of both depression and anxiety.Decreased stress – increasing your heart rate can reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which not only improve cognition and mood but improve thinking clouded by stressful events.Increased self-esteem and self-confidence – when you look good, you feel good. From improving endurance to losing weight and increasing muscle tone, there’s a lot to love about your body when you’re regularly working out.Better sleep – virtually everyone struggles with disruptive sleep patterns in early recovery, from insomnia to racing thoughts, or even sleeping too much, physical activity helps regulate your circadian rhythm leading to better sleep. Improved cognitive health – studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells—a process called neurogenesis—and improves overall brain performance. Yes, memory included. 😉Whatever your goals are when you hit the gym – just know the grind is worth the squeeze. If you’re hesitant, self-conscious, or haven’t hit the gym in a while, give a shout-out at your next community meeting and talk with the guys around you to find a fitness partner. Working out with a partner will help you remain accountable, motivated, and makes the whole experience more fun. Plus unless you’re looking to stay single for the rest of your life, it never hurts to shred that beer belly or gain muscle. Recovery is all about getting out of our comfort zone, that is, if you seriously want to stay sober, get real results, and build that successful life you’ve always envisioned. Residents Get a Free Gym Membership at Real Recovery We recognize the importance of exercise, that’s why every resident who is willing to hit the gym at least three times a week is eligible for a free gym membership working with our partner, Purpose Through Passion. Talk to a house manager to get setup or click the button below to complete your application. Sign up for a Free Gym Membership Need Health Insurance? Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas County each have community healthcare services for uninsured, low-income adults. If you need healthcare services, please be proactive and use the following links for your county to learn more and see if you’re eligible:Pinellas County Health Program (PCHP)Community Health Centers of PinellasHillsborough County Health Care PlanPasco County Health and Wellness PlanManatee County Health Care PlanWe Care Manatee Inc. – free, quality medical care and referral services to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Manatee County. Community Assistance & Resources Employment Opportunities Finding a new job can feel like an overwhelming and daunting task. We've got your back, click here. Job Opportunity Resources Finding a new job can feel like an overwhelming and daunting task. We've got your back, click here. Health & Wellness Recovery is about so much more than just staying clean. We recognize the importance of a healthy body, that's why every resident can receive a free gym membership. Body + Mind + Spirit = Recovery Many of our residents meal prep on the weekends so they have delicious, healthy, and quick meals they can reheat during the week, for as little as $1.00 per meal. View our favorite recipes. Education Opportunities Most residents are eligible to attend St. Petersburg College or the University of South Florida at low cost or tuition free. Learn New Skills, Make More Money Learn how to quickly expand your skills, study for a new career, and leverage technology to make more money. Everyday Essentials Not everyone arrives at sobriety's doorstep looking like a million bucks. We've curated internal and external community services to help residents get back on their feet quickly. Community Services & Resources Whether you need a hand-up or are on a tight budget, we're here to help you find the everyday essentials you need. Whether it's a ride to a meeting, interview appropriate clothes, or extra snacks. 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