If keeping fit was part of your pre-divorce life make sure you hang onto that routine in your post divorce life. There's no time like the present so get started.
Get physical, keep fit
Being fit physically should not be optional. It increases your energy levels and makes day-to-day activities easier to manage; it improves your quality of life and is important in maintaining a good standard of health.
The basic aim is to undertake a combination of the following three forms of exercise:
Aerobic: to maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
Anaerobic: to build muscles and improve physical performance.
Stretching: to reduce strain during exercise and maintain your body’s mobility.
You don’t need a gym to get fit
Begin your life after divorce exercise regime with a suitable book or DVD. There is a big selection of reading matter on the subject of getting and then staying in good shape and if you want to give up smoking then there is plenty of literature and specialist help available to you wean yourself off the dangers of tobacco.
If the thought of exercising solo doesn’t motivate you, an organised class can be a fun way to get fit (and it’s a good way to socialise). There are a plethora of classes available. Local authority classes - run at all times of the day - are widespread and you can get details directly from them or at information points in libraries or sports centres. You may also want to think about joining a privately run gymnasium.
Alternatively you can do it yourself. Instead of taking the car for short distances, walk instead or cycle. If the roads are busy and polluted near you, head for the parks or designated cycle tracks.
Swimming has all-round benefits for your health. A good diet is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle. Resist takeaways and ready meals and opt for healthier alternatives. You will have heard this all before but that does not not make it less true. There is no doubt that if you eat better (that does not make it more expensive) and take good exercise you will be better able to meet the challenges of your new life. Buying good simple food will take a bit longer but it will be more interesting. Then you can try some of our great recipes.
Eat wholemeal and wholegrain bread and pasta. Avoid fried and processed foods, creamy sauces and dressings. Eat at least five or maybe seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Cut down on the amount of milk, butter and other dairy foods. Eat moderate amounts of meat and fish, including at least one portion of oily fish each week. Minimise treat foods such as chocolate, crisps, sweets, biscuits, pastries and ice cream to two or three times a week. No better yet, give them up!