OUTDOOR THERAPY

“Neuroscientists and psychologists add that the ocean and wild waterways are a wellspring of happiness and relaxation….and help manage trauma, anxiety, sleep, autism, addiction, fitness, attention/focus, stress, grief, PTSD, build personal resilience, and much more.” – Dr Wallace J. Nichols, The Blue Mind

Studies show that humans react positively to being in nature, particularly being by water. An exercise program which incorporates the beach, sea, and forests, like the program at The Beach, allows the brain to slow down and absorb the psychological benefits of being in nature while also enjoying the physical benefits of being active.

During outdoor exercise, the brain releases endorphins which reduce pain and enhance a sense of wellbeing. Outdoor exercise therapy is proven to decrease anxiety and blood pressure and lift mood.

Exercise options at The Beach include:

  • Beach walks
  • Kayaking
  • Beachside yoga
  • Shoreline cycling
  • Swimming in the sea or pool
  • Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Hiking in pristine national parks
  • Jungle runs
  • Open air muay Thai (Thai boxing)
  • Personal training in the gym

During active addiction many people neglect their health and don’t exercise regularly. The Beach’s Outdoor Therapy program encourages clients to make the most of our beautiful location by being active every day.

Even gentle exercise will start to build up fitness if you have been sedentary before coming to treatment. Our experts will provide you with a personal fitness plan and work with you, at your own pace, to improve your fitness and reach the goals you have set with your treatment team.

Exercise during recovery helps build strength, improving overall fitness and imparting a sense of achievement as you see yourself get fitter with each passing week. It also improves cognitive function and memory in direct and indirect ways.

Directly, exercise helps reduce insulin resistance and inflammation, and stimulates the release of growth chemicals in the brain that affect the health of the brain’s cells and blood vessels. It even boosts the abundance and survival of new brain cells.

Indirectly, exercise lifts mood, improves sleep and reduces anxiety and stress. Often, problems in these areas cause cognitive impairment.

In combination with our nutritious Dopamine Diet and Nutraceutical supplements, The Beach’s Outdoor Therapy program will give you the opportunity to leave treatment confident about a future in recovery and feeling physically and psychologically fitter and healthier than you have in years.