Drug addiction is one of the worst and most frustrating experiences you can face in your lifetime. For some who have gone through rehabilitation, the process after recovering might be just as hard. It leaves you feeling lost and confused, even ashamed to face life after being an addict.
Most people set out with the best intentions but lose their will to commit to consistent exercise over time. — Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C
Unfortunately, life is bound to change after addiction. For some, relapse is also common. You are not alone. But how do you handle it? Here, we offer an unconventional way you may not have thought of before: biking.
Biking As A Recovery Mechanism
Think back to when you were enjoying a drug-free life. Revisiting your hobbies (sports, arts, music, etc.) will help you remember how much you enjoyed life without any substance involved.
Biking is useful in this respect. It has always been one of the most celebrated physical activities because of its several benefits. Whether you are a recovering drug addict or not, here are three reasons on how biking helps you get back on your feet:
- It gives you a reason to move and go out.
Life after rehab may trigger you to lock yourself at home and do nothing. If you have never found a reason to enjoy outdoors, you may have a hard time appreciating your new life.
Learning how to bike (or getting back to it) will make you feel as if you’re officially a new person. It allows you to look at your surroundings with greater appreciation. Not only that, but you will also get to experience the beauty of life. It will help you stay motivated as you stay drug-free!
Physical activity provides a great opportunity to practice mindfulness and stay in the moment, and cycling is a wonderful way to achieve that. — Mirsad Serdarevic Ph.D.
- Biking relieves stress, tension, pressure, anger, and more.
You will have bad days for sure. Especially when you are in recovery, the bad days can quickly become the start of a bad relapse if you let go. If you’re having a bad day, you may find that being on your bike will turn things around for you.
Find your rhythm in biking to help soothe your nerves. You can start slow and then pick up speed until you find yourself calmed down. The frustration will go away, and it can be a pretty effective natural therapy for your mind.
- It keeps you fit.
Maintaining a good physical shape as well as a good routine is vital for anyone. But for those in drug recovery, doing so might have more significance. Drug use can have long-term effects on the body, and it requires someone to be extra mindful of what they do.
On top of that, leading a healthy lifestyle is an announcement of you taking back your life. Biking doesn’t even feel like a workout. In each ride, you will enjoy yourself without realizing you’ve already spent a few hours on it.
- Biking will help you love yourself.
Drug addiction can take away so much self-confidence and replace it with remorse and hatred. But biking will help push you out of your comfort zone, give you a sense of freedom and control, and give you back your lost self-confidence as you take care of your well-being. In no time, you will realize that biking has literally and figuratively taken you to places you’ve never been before. You will soon look at yourself in the mirror and begin loving yourself again.
I look at that little dial on the bike, the one that will determine whether I get stronger or whether I break down in injury. I think of all the times I lost touch with my inner voice and pushed myself toward destruction. —
Recovery is a hard and courageous thing to do. If ever you feel like your life is falling apart, you can try this simple activity. The joy of riding on your bike can be the answer to unlocking a new and better life. Good luck!