Overall Health Improves as Fitness Replaces Drink

Get ready and fasten your seat belts. Ready to quit a life lazing around recovering from hangovers? Since giving up drink I’ve noticed a general improvement in my health. Passing up on the booze has completely changed the way I live life now. I’m not only more positive and happier, with a family around me, I’ve found new things to do and lead a proactive life to the full. Health-wise I feel good. Though I’ve had asthma since I was a kid and had to take a range of medicines to keep it in check, over the last few years I’ve gradually reduced my medication to almost nothing and I’m fairly sure that it has been because I stopped drinking.

I read on the Asthma UK website that alcohol can cause wheezing, which is something that I used to do a lot before, especially if we drank in smoky bars and clubs. My chest’s got better because I’m going to bars a lot less now, but also nowadays when I do go they’re all smoke free. Here in the UK a smoking ban in places of work came into force about 8 years ago.

The long walks I’ve taken up and more frequent cycling has helped keep me more active, all of which has helped keep me in a positive frame of mind. I find that I’m getting more jobs done both at work and around the house. Far less lazy than before, I’m more pro-active and I find that I’m generally getting a whole lot more out of life, than I did before. It’s one of the main benefits of not drinking. Since living the sober life I’ve got used to being useful in every waking hour of the day, literally from the moment I wake up till I go to sleep. So with my running shoes laced up, I’m able to go out and enjoy life to the full again.

If you’re thinking of giving up drink or are stuck where to start, then get in touch and write a comment below. It has given me a completely new purpose and outlook on life. I’m able to do things now that I just couldn’t focus on doing before. Add your voice today.

Author: James

Sharing stories of recovery and strategies to help you keep sober. Visit my blog today - https://stopping-drinking.com/

10 thoughts on “Overall Health Improves as Fitness Replaces Drink”

  1. Been sober 1 whole month tonight. Completely changed my life. The more I tell people, the more confident and at peace I am within my self. Even if people don’t understand, I don’t care anymore. I remember that feeling of watching my self reaching for the glass, for another drink and feeling like I was falling forward. Now I’m up the hill, and with steady feet on the ground and looking back and down on where I was. I did 75 of hard work in the gym yesterday, and I’m thinking about training for marathons. Everything seems possible now. Still take the hard days a day at a time, and still writing in my journal everyday. Take it with me when I’m out and about, so I can see and remember what it’s all about. I never knew I had a choice. 🙂 Thanks again James for the encouragement, Helen, 🙂

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  2. Hello James and co
    I just want to say I am beginning the journey today and I’m so happy I found this site. I know it will help me.As a teen I swapped Sports for drugs and alcohol, I did this as I was no longer the best athlete in the school and I couldn’t handle loosing my identity like that. I kind of wanted to be the best or the worst,being “normal” sounded so unappealing. But now it’s all I want to be.I narrowly escaped death and arrest more times than I care to mention and it always started with a drink to hide from the feeling that i was boring and unexspetional.
    I’m looking forward to a new life,but I’m also scared
    Ill look back here for more posts as knowing others have done it makes me feel very positive,the alcoholics I’ve known are in denial or dead..so the hope i’v found here is really inspiring
    Many Thanks indeed

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    1. You’re welcome Stef and I’m really glad you found my site as well. You’re story is so familiar – drink for me was a great escape, but as i got older I realised that it was nothing but an escape, and since giving it up I’ve been able to find the real ‘me’.

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  3. Hi James,

    I’m 28, and a binge drinker. I came to the decision to stop drinking and really commit to it in the last 2 weeks. A family member sat me down and said she’d noticed and was worried about me. I acknowledged it and agreed. I’ve told my friends, and I’ve been successfully going out without drinking, just having coke and feeling fine and normal after the first two or three rounds. (me on coke)
    I can feel in my self the change and the shift. I’ve admitted my behavior and the kind of person I am headed towards becoming, taking alcohol out of my life. Tonight however is the first day I have “really” wanted a drink. It’s the end of my summer course, and sunny and I’ve just come in from an evening out with a friend. I had juice, and one alcohol free substitute apple drink to see how it felt. I’m unnerved by much I’m beginning to really understand the problem. It’s frightening, because the drinking culture is intrinsic to my family. My mother was an alcoholic and died a horrific cancer (smoking) related death. My father is an alcoholic. Alcohol makes you selfish and turn your attention away from your problems. I’m frightened because I don’t know what will happen when I go home. I guess you could liken it to climbing along a ledge, and suddenly looking over the edge and seeing how far you have to fall. People tell me how impressed they are, but their opinion of me isn’t sustaining in the sense that I feel up on the ledge.
    How did you cope when you didn’t feel like you could trust yourself, but push yourself just to see what will happen?
    All the best,
    Helen

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    1. Hi Helen,
      Great to read your comment this morning. How did I cope when i really wanted a drink? There were many times when I thought about it, but I’d go through my journal that I was keeping and only have to read about some of my worst times and they would help me give myself the jolt that I needed. I’d try in those moments to look to the future and remind myself of the goals I’d set myself. These strategies all helped me and gradually the need for a drink diminished. Keeping a journal really helped. Even if you write a single word about how you feel each day.

      Keep in touch and let us know how you get on!
      James

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    2. Both. My. Parents were. Alcholics I was. Mentally abused. From. They age. Of. 5 years. Old. Suffered. A bone. Disease. Through. Starvation. I was. Iny hospital. 9 months. They. Came. To. See. Me. Once. I turned. Them. Away. If. I could. Write. A book. It. Would. Be. A best. Seller suicide. Murder. Family. Break ups. Never repaired. Adoption. Etcetera. They list. Goes on. All. Caused. By. Drink. Given it. Up. We. Don’t. Need. It!!!

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  4. Great post James and very true. Productivity really improves both in and out of work. I don’t think I’ve taken up anything new since I quit but I have noticed that I’ve became better at what I do. I have been a runner for a good few years but being sober has improved my commitment to training and my performance. I’m regularly doing 2 marathons a year just for “fun”. I also dabble in a bit of guitar. I’ve noticed a massive improvement there. Always liked a good few beers with a jam so it was tricky playing sober. I’m used to it now but my technical skills have gone through the roof. Who’d have thought that I’d learn better without being drunk?!?!? Sounds so stupid when I think about it now.

    Read a great interview with ex Smiths guitarist James Marr (the reason I picked up a guitar). He’s now teetotal saying that while booze wasn’t a big problem he just became aware that it really wasn’t a helpful substance and didn’t add any real value to his life. That really resonates with me.

    Anyway keep up the blogging. They make for great reading and a reminder why I’m walking this path.

    K (731 days booze free)

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    1. Great way of putting it, that alcohol ‘added nothing of value to my life anymore’. That resonates deeply with me as well. Great to hear from you again Keith, your comments are always welcome here! No surprise you’re guitar skills have improved since giving up drink, it’s surprising how much drink holds us back.

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