Can Exercise Help Conquer Addiction?

As an athlete, I think regularly about the potential health benefits of exercise for my patients. Every week, I treat patients hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with significant medical problems that are a direct result of severe addiction, ranging from seizures and strokes to heart valve and joint infections. I also care for outpatients… Continue reading Can Exercise Help Conquer Addiction?

Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Multiple Benefits to Getting Active Many professional alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation programs include exercise as part of an overall program to help patients maintain abstinence and develop a more healthy lifestyle. Many residential treatment centers feature fully-equipped exercise facilities on the premises. Traditionally, the main reason exercise has been recommended for those trying… Continue reading Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Research suggests that this practice modulates the stress response. Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that… Continue reading Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you, but finding the time and motivation to workout can be a challenge. For those suffering with addiction, it’s especially difficult, as physical activity often takes a backseat to getting high. But what if regular exercise could give you a natural high similar to the chemical one… Continue reading How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction

Self-Care Ideas for Children

For those who look after children in some capacity, you’ve probably read a few articles and books over time in the hope of raising them to be healthy, well-rounded individuals. The concept of “self-care” can be a tricky one to explain to little ones—it’s a broad topic, interchangeable as life changes and evolves. By gently… Continue reading Self-Care Ideas for Children

The Benefits of Exercise for MDD

The benefits of regular exercise can’t be overstated. Exercise can decrease your risk for cancer and heart disease, strengthen your immune system, and protect you against infections. Exercise is especially important if you have major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD, or clinical depression, is a common illness. Roughly 16 million adults in the U.S. have a… Continue reading The Benefits of Exercise for MDD

A Nutritional Guide to Managing Your MDD

Major depressive disorder (MDD) can have a huge impact on your life. You may lose interest in your favorite activities, have difficulty sleeping, or experience a change in appetite. Persistent sadness, irritability, and frustration can also change your relationships with family and friends or interfere with your ability to concentrate at work or school. MDD,… Continue reading A Nutritional Guide to Managing Your MDD