Eminem, who has struggled with prescription pill addiction, says that exercise helped him regain his health and maintain his sobriety.
The super star rapper told Men's Journal that he first started exercising after a 2007 methadone overdose. At the time, the public was led to believe that Eminem was hospitalized following pnemonia. However, he completed rehab and came out clean, but heavy.
“I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas,” he said. “The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I'd been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid stomacheache I was constantly eating – and eating badly.”
He began running to shed the pounds.
“It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect,” he said. “It's easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise.”
Soon Eminem was running too much – up to 17 miles a day – and eventually learned to diversify his exercise rountine in order to avoid injury.