Posted 9:30 AM 3/22/2013 : Mind over Matter
Breaking any type of addiction can be difficult, whether it's drugs and alcohol or food and gambling. Health experts say that sometimes the best way to get better is shift your attention elsewhere. So how about Fitness.
Erasing the bad things in your life and replacing it with the good. That's the motto carrying dozens of people through the Addict to Athlete program in Pueblo.
"Everything from eating disorders, people that have suffered traumatic experiences, to people that deal with shopping addictions or dug and alcohol addictions."
Founder and fitness trainer Rob Archuleta started the program in 2006. A recovered meth addict himself, he says he found relief in working out.
"We're talking about fitness or using exercise as a coping skill. Using it to help deal with depression, deal with anxiety."
Member Benjamin Mayfield says he battled a life-long addiction to food.
"I had pains in my knees, in my back from tattooing and carrying the extra weight."
Mafield says it all stems from his childhood.
Every meal I would eat, growing up poor, once I got a meal I would eat as much as I can because I didn't know when I would be able to eat again."
Mayfield has dropped about 80 pounds since joining addict to athlete 14 months ago. But it's not just about hitting the gym. Anywhere from 20 to 60 people meet everyday for a group session before exercising. And for people like Mayfield--- getting educated on food nutrition was apart of the treatment.
Adrian Colley, also a member of the support group says it helped her while on a road to recovery from Bulimia.
"You may be going through a rough patch right now, but there's always a way to go ahead and change it, change yourself and help yourself."
Some members have come so far in the support group, they're now competing. From marathons, triathlons, to iron man competitions.
Studies prove that exercise not only gets you in shape, it can also improve your mood, help you sleep better and reduce stress.