How Long Have You Been Clean and Sober?
November 18, 1992 - 19 years
How Do You Exercise to Help With Your Recovery?
I started exercising with a group of sober friends more than ten years ago after I quit smoking and started to get chubby. We started out with four and now our Saturday morning run/triathlon training group is regularly more than twelve. While the actual physical activity has been great, sharing that time with other sober friends has made a sometimes difficult recovery a delight. Last year we held two Olympic length Triathlons at our running club and we train every week together. This year I'll be participating in my first half Ironman with a friend from the club. Life just wouldn't be the same without the friendship and camaraderie that we share in our little group.
Tips and Tricks
- Find out what you like to do, whether it's cycling, running, swimming - whatever it is, and find sober people who like the same activity.
- Meet once a week at a park or a home and hit the road.
- Don't be afraid to train alone - there are six more days in the week, use five of them and rest on at least one.
- Principles before personalities - you may not like everyone in the group, hang with the one's you do.
- If you can't find an existing group, create one.
Buddy T, About.com Alcoholism, says:
For more information, see Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery."