50 Reasons You Should Exercise During Divorce

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

Have you been hitting the gym during your divorce? If not, what are you waiting for? Exercise during divorce is crucial in feeling your best in many ways, mostly emotional!

During a divorce, there are good coping mechanisms, and not-so-good coping mechanisms. Some people use drugs and alcohol to cope, others use religion or therapy. Some think dating right away will help them cope, others dive into work. Exercise during divorce is a GREAT coping mechanism.

 

I can honestly say, exercise during divorce made my life back then a million times easier and better.

 

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If you aren’t a workout person, I’m not going to try to talk you into becoming a fanatic. I’m not talking about going to the gym 7 days a week for 2 hours and sweating and being exhausted after workouts. I’m talking about starting slow, even if you start with walking, and perhaps try to work your way up to some sweating, stretching, and strengthening muscles, particularly core.

People think exercising means all or nothing. It doesn’t mean that at all! Even if you want to stay home and exercise, if you lift two soup cans over your head 50 times 3 times a day, that is exercise! It’s doing something. Walking, jogging in place, dancing to music, sitting on the floor in front of your TV and stretching. All of that is better than doing nothing exercise-wise.

 

If that hasn’t motivated you, here are 50 ways exercise during divorce will benefit you:

1. Improves mood swings.

2. Clears your mind.

 

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3. Empowers you.

4. Fosters self-love.

5. Weight loss.

6. More energy.

7. Boosts immune system.

 

8. Takes your mind to a different place. Acts as an escape.

9. Lowers cholesterol.

10. Helps with chronic illness.

11. Lowers blood pressure.

12. Allows you to eat more and maintain a healthy weight.

13. Helps you make friends.

14. Could help your love life.

15. Keeps your skin healthy.

16. Keeps your hair healthy.

17. Helps prevent back pain.

18. Helps arthritis.

 

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19. Teaches you to breathe deep (if you do yoga.)

20. Helps digestion.

21. Improves sleep.

22. Makes you a better mother.

23. Keeps you feeling younger.

24. Slows the aging process.

25. Improves memory.

26. Improves concentration and focus.

27. Improves your sex life.

28. Reduces risk of diabetes, stroke, heart attack.

29. Boosts self-esteem.

30. Makes you more health conscious about eating.

31. Its fun.

32. It gives you a sense of purpose.

33. Reduces stress.

34. Increases your metabolism.

35. Reduces risk of cancer.

36. Helps with depression.

37. Helps anxiety.

38. Increases pain tolerance.

39. Better brain function.

40. Reduces inflammation.

41. Helps headaches.

42. Cures hangovers.

43. People who work out have less wrinkles.

44. You’ll make friends you love seeing!

45. Gives you functional strength-daily activities are easier.

46. Makes you feel pretty.

47. Makes you feel powerful, like you can handle anything!

48. It’s detoxifying.

49.Makes you proud of yourself.

50. Makes you less bitter.

I do want to urge you to speak with your physician before beginning a rigorous workout routine, just to make sure you have the right fitness program for your body type, age and other factors that impact physical health.

 

Going through a divorce is gut-wrenching and probably one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Hitting the gym really does take some of the pain away, and makes life seem so much more manageable. Try it. I can almost guarantee no one ever regretting going to the gym!

 

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Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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