If you are recently divorced then you are probably undergoing one of the most stressful and devastating times of your life. Divorce can certainly take a toll on your health. In fact, if you are recently divorced, then you are more likely to binge on junk food and lose your motivation to exercise. Even though you probably prefer to stay in bed all day than work out, there are many ways that fitness can help you through this difficult time in your life.
Fitness Can Help You Fight Stress
Divorce (even one that brings you relief) can still bring large amounts of stress into your life. This emotional stress frequently manifests itself through physical symptoms. You might find yourself suddenly suffering from insomnia, headaches, indigestion and other health challenges. If you have a child with your former spouse then the stress also increases. Chronic stress can undoubtedly disrupt your life and can directly cause serious illnesses. Focusing on fitness can help you deal with this stress. Have you ever tried working up a sweat after a hard day at work? Didn’t you feel more relaxed, rejuvenated and more able to concentrate? These are the effects of exercise. If you don’t like going to the gym, there are many other ways to become fit. In fact, it’s better if you chose a physical activity that you enjoy. Enjoying the exercise will increase your chance of committing to that physical activity. Running, dancing, swimming, yoga or Pilates are all popular physical activities that are also fun. If you can, invite a friend or relative to become your workout buddy. The exercise will also give the two of you time to bond.
Fitness Increases Your Self-Esteem
One of the major negative effects of divorce is that it can cause your self-esteem to plummet. After your marriage has failed, it’s normal to entertain feelings of inadequacy or self-pity. These emotions might cause you to reach a point when you start feeling like you are not good enough for another relationship or to be loved by another person again. Aside from helping you combat stress, fitness can also boost your self-esteem in many ways. One of these ways is by improving your physical appearance. For instance, if stress eating was one of your coping methods while undergoing divorce then it’s safe to say that you may have packed on a few extra pounds by now. With regular exercise, not only do you keep your weight in check but you also tone your body. So instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you feel more attractive, confident and ready to face the world.
Fitness Gives You More Energy
Going through a divorce means making big changes in almost all areas in your life. Perhaps you are moving to another house or city or perhaps you are even thinking of changing careers. All these changes require energy. When you are fit, you also have more energy to attend to your tasks more efficiently without feeling fatigued or stressed.