Sep 25, 2018
Brian Mayer talks about how important physical fitness is to your
body and mind when dealing with divorce and also remarriage.
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- Let’s talk about my story for just a minute. My divorce
happened almost 20 years ago. It was around that time that I
realized I needed an outlet for my anger, bitterness, frustration,
and resentment. I turned to all sorts of things for
comfort. Other people, other relationships, television and
movies, and sometimes alcohol. Thank goodness I never turned
to any harsher substances or drugs but I know lots of people that
struggle with that during a divorce.
- I turned slowly toward physical fitness. I joined a gym
and started to use the stair stepper and weights. I would
take my daughter with me because they had a childcare set up where
I think I would pay maybe a $1.50 for a couple of hours. She
was around 2 at the time. She enjoyed it for the most part
until she got a bit older.
- I remember the first time at the gym pretty vividly. An
employee said she would take me around all the weights and help me
get a good workout in. Well since I had never really worked
out before, that morning I thought I would eat a hearty breakfast
to make sure I had enough energy for the workout.
- Unfortunately, about half way through the workout, I got sick
in the locker room. I won’t go into details but let’s just
say I gave one of the employees a mess to clean up. Needless
to say feeling massively embarrassed I decided I had better end the
workout. I apologized to the worker that was helping me and
she actually apologized to me for working me too hard.
- I decided though after the dust settled from the workout that I
had to make this part of my routine. This eventually is what
led to my love of running. I started out just running one
mile, then two, then three. For many many years like maybe
15, I would run no more than 3. Then eventually I joined a
team to run a 10k race (which is just over 6 miles), that led to a
half marathon then to a full marathon.
- However running to me has been much more than about my physical
health. It was about my mental and emotional health.
When I was going through my divorce it was an extremely tough time
for me emotionally. I lost my mom to a stroke about 5 years
before and so I think I was prone to go down rabbit holes
- Running helped me in several ways.
- Reduced my depression
- Reduced my anxiety
- Helped me concentrate
- Ability to dream about the future
- Organize my thoughts
- Get much needed sunlight and Vitamin D which is important for
- Increased my self confidence and self esteem
- This issue with physical fitness is that sometimes you do have
to force yourself in the short term to do this knowing that the
longterm benefits will outweight the short term. When I would
go for a morning run, I would notice I had more clarity in my
thoughts and I felt better both physically and
- Obviously consult a physician before you start any physical
fitness program, but I highly encourage you to start. Here
are some ideas:
- Join a gym. For me it was a motivation to go because I
was paying for it, however some will join and stop going. You
will need to ask yourself what motivates you. However if a
gym is an option, there is so much to do there like running and
walking on treadmills, weights of all sorts, stretching areas, and
many other things to do depending on the gym.
- Go for a walk or run outside. There is nothing like
getting some sunshine while listening to the birds and all the
sounds in nature.
- Find a workout program on DVD on through the computer that
suits the level of fitness that you are at what you would like to
achieve. Make sure you are working just a bit harder to push
yourself. Nothing too hard and nothing too easy.
- If you are in a relationship currently, make a commitment to
each other to find something to do together.
- You can involve the family. Maybe the adults will walk
and run while the kids ride bikes and the little ones are pushed in
strollers. This one is not easy because everyone is at their
own pace so find what works for you.
- Just know that ensuring you stay physically fit can help you in
so many ways get over the pain of a divorce and even help you to
deal with an ex-spouse. It certainly helped me with lots of
anger that I had over what was happening and I know it can help
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