How The Simple Habit Of Exercise Can Help You Overcome Porn Addiction

Man Exercising Push-Up

The following is a guest post by my friend Mark B. — Brian.

I have been there; I write from the heart and write from my own experience. I once had an addiction to porn. It wasn’t what I thought was massive, but no matter how small you see how big it actually is. So don’t kid yourself.

One of the ways that I found I could escape the temptation of porn — over and above putting all the security blocks and fancy software in place — was to have a healthy, fresh and clear mind and of course be alert to my surroundings. To achieve this two things are needed: a healthy diet and some exercise. Both of these now form part of my daily routine.

The healthy diet gives your body the energy it needs to work and function, and if your diet is poor you don’t feel great and not feeling great leads you to your fix, porn or another addiction. It is such a simple thing but pays such an important part in overcoming any addiction; you need to feel good and to feel good you need to eat healthily.

Exercise plays a role in overcoming addiction in a multitude of ways. Exercise is all part of feeling good: feeling physically good and mentally good and both of these remove the craving for the fix. However exercise, particularly regular exercise will bring some extras into play that takes your focus away from your fix and the feeling the fix brings.

Regular exercise creates a routine and this routine also has within it some goals, these goals take your focus away from your fix and the exercise itself takes you out of reach of your fix. Other people will soon begin to notice your new regular exercise routine and you will feel a need to have you seem as if you are achieving because you know you are being watched. When I started my exercise routine I joined a small gym. It was a little more personal but I knew people were watching and felt I had to make this exercise work.

The exercise routine got me to look at myself differently. I started to realize that whilst I was becoming healthier on the inside and out, my addiction was not healthy. I began to focus more on my exercise and soon found a personal trainer was needed as my goals I wanted to achieve were something I had to do. The exercise routine gave me lots of time to think and also something else to focus on. I began to reach small goals and the feeling of doing this was almost equal to my fix of my addiction. I began to increase my time in the gym around my working hours and because of this I had to get my workload done and ideally done sooner, this got me to see that porn was a time killer, and just 20 minutes a day was actually very costly. My exercise goals became more important to me than getting that fix.

A regular exercise routine brings out the best in a person; yes, the temptation for a fix will pretty much always be there but the need is less. I have reached my fitness goals and am happy where I am, but I continue to exercise and eat healthy because this makes me feel good. The physical and psychological benefits of just feeling good are massive; the need for a fix is dramatically reduced; and I have made friends during my exercise — people who motivate, push me, yell at me “c’mon just one more kilometre”. That bit of pushing followed by the achievement gives me a whole new kind of fix.

In summary, a regular exercise routine :

  • Takes you away from your addiction
  • Gives you time to think
  • Sets other more rewarding goals
  • Makes you feel good
  • Rewards you with success on achievement
  • Makes you realize how time consuming your addiction is
  • Gives you energy and life

So, if you are struggling with an addiction get some exercise and begin to feel great in other ways.

Have you used exercise to help overcome your porn habit? Let us know below in the comments!

 

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    About Brian

    Brian overcame a long-standing addiction to Internet porn and fully recovered from serious porn-induced erectile dysfunction and performance anxiety. For more about Brian, see my story.

    Comments

    1. I usually do 20 pushups as my replacement habit, seems to work good for me to get rid of the urge. I’ve noticed I’ve gotten a lot fitter since I don’t spend as much time on the computer in the last few weeks!

    2. Hi Brian
      I like you very much since I read your writing
      I wish the best life for you.
      A.Tgh from middle east

      • Thank you A.Tgh!
        I’m glad that you appreciate the site.
        The post above was actually a guest post by a friend, Mark B. I think it’s a great article :)
        Cheers
        Brian

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