When entering into an addiction recovery program for chemical dependency or compulsive gambling, your body most likely is not performing to the best of its health abilities.
Recognizing the importance of physical activity, as part of a holistic approach to recovery, Project Turnabout incorporates daily physical fitness into each patients individualized treatment plan.
When you increase your physical activity, it can have a wonderful effect by decreasing your stress levels, relieving anxiety and promoting positive self image. These are all important aspects of successful recovery, both during and after a treatment stay.
Project Turnabout’s full-time Fitness Trainer, Dan Rorvik often hears first hand from patients how grateful they are for having physical fitness integrated into their daily schedules.
“Most of the time the patients disclose that they would have never tried to lift weights, engage in a walking routine or try different sports before they came to treatment and found out they actually love doing it,” Dan said. “It’s exciting to me to see the new or renewed love for physical fitness they leave with.”
Dan is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer. He has been part of the multidisciplinary team at Project Turnabout for four years. As the Fitness Trainer, Dan works with patients in proper lifting techniques, identifying and overcoming problem areas, staying active at whatever level the patient may be, and promoting a variety of different activities to keep patients engaged in staying active.
“Fitness is so important for the patients we serve because it teaches them how to channel and relieve stress and anxiety in positive and healthy ways,” Dan said. “Participation in different games or sports promotes teamwork and communication they may have never engaged in.”
When patients prepare to leave Project Turnabout they are encouraged to continue incorporating physical fitness into their daily routines. Dan is available to help customize a fitness plan for each patient to take with them. Each patient is provided general fitness activities and stretch routines to bring with them upon discharge.
Continued physical fitness is encouraged for success in recovery and a healthy balanced lifestyle. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the changing seasons and get active outdoors playing sports or going for walks.