50 Reasons Hitting The Gym Helps In Coping With Divorce

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

There are many things men and women do when it comes to coping with divorce. Some are good, some bad. 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.


But there is one thing I did in coping with divorce that I can honestly say made my life back then a million time easier: working out. Please don’t stop reading. Just hear me out.




If you aren’t a workout person, I’m not going to try to talk you into becoming a fanatic. I’m just talking about basic exercise—even if you start with walking, and perhaps try to work your way up to some sweating, stretching, and strengthening muscles, particularly core.


When it comes to coping with divorce, hitting the gym has countless benefits. Here are 50!


1. Improves mood swings.

2. Clears your mind.

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.

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.

48. It’s detoxifying.

49.Makes you proud of yourself.

50. Makes you less bitter.

If that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what else to say! 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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Jackie Pilossoph

Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. 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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