More Benefits of Running

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running shorts“Bodies in Motion, Clean and Sober,” published Oct. 12, 2006, in The New York Times, confirms the benefits of running (and other forms of exercise) for recovering addicts. Aside from the ridiculous implication that completing an Ironman Triathlon isn’t “remarkable,” the article provides yet more proof that being active offers more than just a slim waistline.

Strenuous exercise has not been a part of traditional recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or the Betty Ford Center, which emphasize abstinence above all else. But a few treatment centers, and former addicts … are coming to see the value of road running and other fitness regimens in building confidence and managing stress for those battling alcohol and drugs.

Good news for all.

About Dianna

Dianna, also known as the Running Chick with the Orange Hat (Running Chick for short) moved from being a periodic gym rat to a runner in January of 2003 during a botched New Year's resolution. Her newly rediscovered fondness for running quickly blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Within a year and a half, she went from suffering through two miles on the treadmill to running a marathon. Cotton was discarded for wicking fabrics and gel was no longer something she put in her hair. Since then, she has continued to challenge herself, first with achieving her Boston Qualifying time, then running a PR at Boston and doing an occasional sprint distance triathlon. Future endeavors include a trail marathon and longer distance triathlons. Dianna has been blogging about her running adventures since April 2004, even getting an article 'published' online at Runner's World as well as capturing the attention of a local news channel. She can discuss all things related to running, swimming, and biking, at great length, without ever getting bored. In her free time, she enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, with her husband and multi-racial canine in Connecticut, U.S.A.

  1. Joe Ely on October 12th at 9:36 am

    The discipline and personal focus associated with running and exercise has direct applications for folks with various types of adictions. I’m glad this connection is getting some attention.

    Shoot, this may also show up on “uncommonbody” too, Di!!!

  2. iliketoast on October 12th at 6:10 pm

    When it comes to addictions and obsessions, I think we could all do worse than pick “running” to be it.

  3. Melisa (Irish Blue) on October 13th at 7:10 am

    I think this makes a great deal of sense. I know I quit smoking years ago and I used exercise to do it. Exercise gave me a “healthy” way to relieve my stress and helped me avoid weight gain.

  4. Dawn - Pink chick on October 13th at 12:24 pm

    I have to agree. While I was never an alcoholic I did like to drink and party my share. Now I find when I go out with friends if I have anything I stick to one or two. When asked why I’m drinking water or juice I reply “cause I’m running in the morning”. Boy does that get some strange looks…lol.