I have had many conversations over the years with people who make exercise and fitness a part of their daily lives, not to mention those who know they should but can’t seem to make it happen. A few of truths emerge:
When you are in the midst of the turmoil and stress that often surrounds divorce, taking the time to focus on keeping mentally and physically strong is vital. It doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or become a fitness competitor (unless you were doing those things already). It just means taking some time to move. Say yes to endorphins!
In my own situation following divorce, many people thought I would stop teaching because of the extra time it took and the challenges I was facing. The truth was that teaching my classes was the one place where I still felt like me. It was the one constant when everything else in my life was changing. It was the one place where I had to focus my attention so laser sharp that other thoughts could not get in during that hour. It was the one place where people in my world still valued what I had to say, and honestly, I needed that validation!
Excerpt from DIVORCE is a PUSH UP: Get Strong to Get Through. ©2016 Laura Aiello