At Dunham House, physical exercise and sports activities play an integral role in our residents’ program. Learning and understanding the personal benefits of physical exercise is an important component of one’s recovery journey.
Some of the benefits of regular exercise include: improved physical & mental health, increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Physical exercise can lead one to experience a sense of personal growth and self- awareness. Exercise and sports come in many different forms and it produces natural highs that are longer lasting than those “highs” produced by engaging in “self-medicated” substance use.
Additional benefits can include an improved sleep cycle and a new ability to find a safe outlet to let off steam and help to regulate one’s emotions such as anger and stress.
Residents are involved in some form of physical exercise every day. Often they are organized sports such as volleyball, soccer, or basketball; other times, it is leisure walks around the property taking in the sights and sounds of nature and views of the surrounding mountains.