Does Exercise Help Drug Addicts Recover?

From My Fitness Hut Blog
April 27, 2013 - 2:58am

Scientists in the Middle East put twenty-four rats through a grueling exercise regime where they would run on a treadmill for around one and a half hours each day. The rats would run on a light incline, and afterwards they would enjoy a brief rest. The rest was brief because, 30 minutes later, the scientists would let the rats get high on morphine. The scientists were looking to see whether rats would change their morphine usage based on their exercise patterns. The expectation was that rats would be less likely to take drugs when they are exposed to aggressive exercise, and the expectation was right. The idea has been studied from around the 1990s, and since that time it has been shown that rats go off morphine – even nicotine and amphetamines – when they go from being a rat into a gym rat. And it’s not just the rats from Iran. On similar tests on other mammals, alcohol and cocaine become less appealing when you’ve just sprinted around a wheel. A growing body of evidence shows that humans are not too different from the rats in the Iranian study. Sit down with your friends who smoke, give them a nice cup of coffee, and then offer them a cigarette. They’ll say yes. But, take the same friends out for a run, and then offer them a cigarette at the end. They’ll say no. Even if you wait until your friends seem to have fully recovered from exercise, they’re still more likely to say no for hours afterwards. While scientists are clear on the results of exercise, ...


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