During my drinking days, I rarely worked out. I abandoned my health during low times and cared more about socializing with alcohol. Hanging at a bar was a lot more interesting to me than hitting up the gym. For some reason though, I still paid a monthly fee which wasn’t cheap. I mind as well have thrown that money out the window or better yet, given it to charity where it would have been more useful. I think I kept the membership because I had full intentions of being fit and healthy. I just couldn’t (or maybe wanted to) get past my addictive behaviors.
With determination and support, I decided to start recovery. Since recovery is much more than quitting alcohol, I thought about ways that would make positive and impactful changes. Exercising was one of many things that made my list.
Now that I have been experiencing life without alcohol, I have made a fresh start for myself and joined a new gym. Because this place has great amenities and a variety of workout classes, I am eager to go. I even use the gym for relaxation time. They have a sauna, steam room and hot tub that I enjoy using at least once a week.
During the past couple of months, a friend and I started to work out together Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Working out in the mornings is not something I’d typically volunteer to do but I been learning that changing everything about your life helps the recovery process and this is one way I am doing that.
Without alcohol you won’t have any more hangovers which means you won’t be wasting hours in the morning sleeping so what are you going to do with your extra time? Exercise is a great alternative to drinking and I highly encourage you to start getting that heart rate up. I find that it is even better to work out with a buddy. Having a workout buddy is motivating and helps with accountability.
Working out doesn’t have to be high intensity. Here are some ideas to get you moving:
Yoga (including hot yoga)
Walking (outside or treadmill)
Jogging (outside or treadmill)
Dance classes (Zumba is popular)
Playing a sport like kickball, volleyball or football (there are plenty of pickup leagues to join)