DARIEN, Conn. -- For teens struggling with substance abuse, years of use can take a mental and physical toll. Even after recovery, teens who wish to improve their lifestyle should consider a healthy change of pace.
One way for teens to avoid the temptation of relapse is by implementing a regular exercise regimen, breathing routine and nutritious diet. "Users must take an active role in their physical, mental and spiritual health in their recovery," said Jill Hauk of New Life House, a recovery community for young men. "This will ultimately lead to a boost in self-confidence, an increased brain functioning and a healthy routine that keeps them driven towards success."
While recovering from drug abuse takes time and effort, staying active helps keep the mind occupied. "An exercise routine can be as simple as a walk around the neighborhood a few times a week or as complex as a fully designed gym workout," said Hauk. "The important thing is to get active and get moving."
The best way to supplement a regular exercise routine is with a healthy diet. The simplest way to start is to replace unhealthy options with healthier options, and incorporate vegetables into meals. "I think it's necessary to focus on and improve one's diet in recovery as soon as possible," said Hauk. "A healthy diet will also help with cognitive ability, body functioning and overall well-being, which are the things people hope to gain in their recovery besides sobriety and peace of mind."
There are a variety of ways to exercise and improve diet, and over time they can aid in the development of good habits and keep former users driven and moving forward. "A regular exercise routine and a healthy diet are essential to the recovery of the body and mind," said Hauk. "And for teens who have struggled with years of abuse, they must amend the damage and take ownership of their health immediately."
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