Similarities between Addiction and Fitness

The longer I am involved in health and fitness the more I am seeing  the similarity between Addiction and Fitness.

I’ve Struggled with drinking early on in my life and fitness is probably a big part of why I made it through it. (Blog for another day though)

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, up to 90% of alcoholics will have at least one relapse during the first four years after they get sober.

If I had to guess I am almost positive that the number of people that fall off their health and fitness routine is very close to that.

One of the similarities between the two, is that it is extremely difficult to be successful on your own. That’s why people that struggle with addiction go to rehab and to meetings. They need to be around people that are going through the same struggles and can truly understand what they are going through.

The same goes for fitness. Look at how many people try to start a new fitness routine by themselves at the 24 hr fitness down the street or with “P90X” at home. By no surprise only 8% are successful (Pretty close to the 90% statistic I mentioned above right) head scratcher.


1. Put yourself around like minded people. Why do this on your own. First of all, it’s no fun. Second of all, You will be much more successful if you know the person next to you is going through the same thing. 

That’s where CrossFit shines. The community of people you will meet and become apart of will make your journey much more enjoyable. 

2. Reach out for help. Don’t keep things bottled up. Find an expert that can guide you down the right path. We will also be there for you if things aren’t going so great. 

You don’t have to do it alone. The first thing we do as Fitness professionals is sit down and talk with you. That’s it.

We want to get to know you. Know your struggles, maybe things you are doing right, where you want to go. It helps us guide you in the right direction.

3. Forgive yourself. When it comes to addiction and fitness, there is a good chance you will relapse from time to time. How we deal with that is a huge part of being successful in the long term. 

That’s why it is so important to have a good support group by your side. We understand that life will kick you in the ass from time to time and we will be right by your side when it does. We will help you shake it off and get right back on track.

If you struggle when it comes to health and fitness or even if you struggle with addiction, come talk to us. We are here to help.

Just click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation.

Your Friends at Fire + Ice CF West


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