Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? Science says Pilates can help!
Pilates training and fitness exercises in general have proven time and time again just how crucial their role is in creating and maintaining a healthy mind, emotional stability, and fulfilling lifestyle. Yet can Pilates, with its low-impact, deep breathing, slowly controlled movements, really do anything to assist the impacts of a lifestyle battling addiction? Science says it can.
According to a study conducted by the University of Buffalo, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, a key mechanism has been recognized on how cardio has proved a useful strategy for the prevention of addiction. "Several studies have shown that aerobic exercise has been effective in preventing the start, increase and relapse of substance use in a number of categories, including alcohol, nicotine, stimulants and opioids," said Panayotis Thanos, the senior author of the study.
Although the recovery process can be a tedious and challenging time as the body adjusts itself to a life without the addictive act, Pilates offers comfort in transitioning and a holistic array of life-changing benefits:
With reduction in stress, better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, and more. Not to mention the emotional benefits such as self-worth and confidence
Pilates can assist in lowering stress levels by increasing the heart rate and bumping up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, endorphins.
Pilates strengthen day-to-day rhythms, making sure you are well awake during the daytime, and prompting sleepiness at night.
A better self-image
Apart from the obvious fact that Pilates makes you look healthier physically, according to a center for CBT Therapy in London, when you feel better physically, you feel better mentally.
Pilates assists with the flow of blood throughout your body, distributing oxygen, improving your cardiovascular health and making sure the body has what it needs to function optimally.
Through the consistent application of Pilates, your heart muscles will strengthen and increase its working capacity, your blood pressure will lower, and your blood flow will increase. Furthermore your body will produce more good cholesterol (as opposed to bad cholesterol), have less muscle-related pains as well as weight-related diseases. Need we say more?
Protection against relapsing
The more Pilates becomes a routine in your lifestyle, the less likely you will be to seek the stimulants that once controlled you. For example, a study performed by Brown University, published in Archives of Internal Medicine discovered that women who made sure they were involved in challenging exercise three times a week (for 3 months) were twice as likely to succeed in quitting smoking their not-so-active counterparts.
Improved cognitive function
Pilates provides the brain with essential nutrients such as oxygen and glucose (Abnormal levels of these nutrients lead to brain impairment). Your brain will also produce a substance called ‘brain-derived neurotropic factor’, which is essentially a type of brain food. According to scientific test studies, this brain food is responsible for higher performances on cognitive function tests.
Ready to give yourself every opportunity on the road to a successful recovery? Contact us for advice on a reputable Pilates studio & trainer in your area!