Even short-term excessive drinking can have an effect on our physical bodies and long-term dependency and addiction definitely effects how our bodies work.
Once we have decided to tackle our drinking we need to start to look at how we take care of our bodies and look to improve our physical health and heal our bodies.
I am not talking here about turning into some gym bunny who is spending 8 hours a day working out, although if that's your thing that you think. No, I am suggesting here that a simple gentle exercise routine linked to a good diet can help us is in our recovery.
I am only a slim built bloke but at the height of my drinking, I was carrying a lot more weight than was comfortable and I had a big distended stomach, all caused by the drinking.
Once sober I felt better, a lot better but my health really started to improve both mentally and physically when I started to do some exercise.
Having a fit body helps us to have a fit mind and to maintain and enjoy our sobriety a fit mind is essential.
When we do even gentle exercise our body releases endorphins, that feel good drug out body produces naturally. For me walking, especially walking up hills in the countryside was the exercise I enjoyed the most.
I remember vividly doing a walk only 3 days sober and it was hard work man, I was sweating and felt dizzy at the start, but by the end was feeling so good. It was like my body was cleansing and detoxing with every step I took, I never looked back from that point.
I am not saying walking to be your thing, but it really is a great way to start with exercise because all you need is decent pair f trainers or shoes and you can get involved.
You may like to go to a gym, you could join a sports club, take u tennis, swim, anything that gets your body moving and becoming stronger.
When we quit drinking we can be left with a lot of time on our hands and if we don't fill that with other activities we can get a sense of boredom that can easily push us back to the booze.
Your body is the greatest instrument you will ever own, and one we really should take care of because I have learned one thing since I stopped drinking and that is without good health, nothing else matters.
So be kind to your body and look after it, you will be very glad you did.