Fitness and Nutrition Training For People
Fitness and Nutrition Training For People In Recovery From Substance Abuse
When a person has a healthy, strong mind and body, the cravings and urges to use drugs or alcohol fade.
That’s why every RCA facility has a gym and most have a personal trainer. Bracebridge Hall’s personal trainer, Paul Norris, helps patients make healthy choices to support both their physical and emotional well-being. Norris works with each one of our patients to under their current physical well-being. From here, he creates a personalized plan which includes physical and mental goals, exercise routines, and nutrition.
When combined with addiction treatment, working with a personal trainer can:
It’s not just about working out or getting strong. Patients have open gym time, and the sense of community that develops is amazing. Everyone decides what they want to do, but the option to have one-on-one training time with me is always there, A lot of topics come up in group and individual training sessions. People open up.”
– says Norris
In addition to personal training, fun group activities, nature hikes, and nutritional advice, many RCA facilities also offer weekly wellness seminars.
Broken up into gender-separated groups, patients learn about nutrition, healthy food choices, how often to eat, what food can help them deal with cravings and emotions, and how food can increase brain capacity.
This is how we get better, I ask patients what a car needs to function: Fuel. The same goes for your body. We have to give your body the proper fuel for it to function as its best, so we can fight this.”
“I ask a lot of patients to think hard about the last time they felt good about themselves. Everyone tends to say it was before they started doing drugs or drinking. The better your nutrition and fitness, the better you’ll feel about yourself. The better you feel about yourself, the less likely you will do things to hurt yourself, like use drugs or alcohol. This is a healthy distraction, a new goal.”
– Norris says
When a patient commits to physical wellness, there’s no room left for addiction. Patients bind themselves to new, healthy routines that don’t include drugs or alcohol.