Exercise Programs For Ex-Junkies?
January 26, 2011 3:29 PM Subscribe
How should an ex-junkie start exercising and being active again after pretty much ruining his body's constitution with drugs?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (28 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a recovering narcotic user (heroin & oxycodone mostly) just about six months clean. The good news is that my doc has given me a clean bill of health: no diseases or damage to my liver, veins or heart, my blood chem is normal, and I even have good cholesterol counts. I still, however, am in terrible physical shape. I've gone from being scrawny to having a spare tire, I get winded walking up a single flight of stares, drench myself in sweat if I have to jog half a block to catch a bus, and generally have little energy and feel like crap most of the time.
I know that what I need is to get into better shape, but I've honestly never had to start from such a sorry state of physical atrophy before. In the past, I'd join a pick-up soccer league when I needed some exercise, but I would literally only last 30 seconds in my current condition. I also now experience intense muscle and joint pain the day after attempting any sort of physical activity, particularly in my knees, all of which is new to me. I feel as frail as my 90 year old grandmother at this point.
What would be the most effective way for me to get some stamina back and safely build up enough of a baseline of strength and flexibility that I can start participating in recreational sports again without hurting myself?