Exercise: An Integral Part of Rehab

Patients usually enter treatment in a poor physical state. Regular exercise gives the body the physical strength to overcome addiction – it increases blood flow around the body and to the brain thus increasing energy levels & mental alertness; and it suppresses alcohol & drug cravings, helping motivate patients in their recovery.

Exercise also releases feel-good endorphins which increase positivity and reduce depression & anxiety, both of which can lead to relapse.

Fitness is an integral part of our treatment programme and we make sure that all patients have a minimum of three fitness sessions per week. On top of this many patients use their spare time to walk or jog around our extensive gardens.

Our Gym and Fitness Instructors

We have a gym equipped with cardio equipment, weights and a PowerPlate. Qualified fitness staff are always on hand to offer advice and motivation. Fitness activities available include aerobics, pilates, yoga stretching and circuit training. Our fitness team, David Kilgour and Scott Brownlie, are experienced trainers. The team will assess new patients and supervise patients throughout the fitness programme.

Yoga and Pilates

We provide weekly yoga or pilates sessions for our patients in primary care treatment.


Yoga can be too vigorous for some of our patients, for example, those going through detox or those with mobility problems. Our fitness instructors provide lighter stretching exercises for these people.

Outdoor Activities

Our extensive grounds are ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, hillwalking, jogging, football, and supervised volleyball.

Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | October 3, 2020