Empower Yourself: Why Divorced Women in Their Mid 40s and Above Should Try Strength Training
Divorce can be a tough experience for anyone, especially women, who may find themselves overwhelmed and lost in the wake of the emotional, financial, and physical tolls of divorce. But don’t despair—one thing that is for sure to help? Strength Training.
Strength training is an empowering way for divorced women in their mid 40s and above to regain their strength, confidence, and well-being. We are going to explore a few reasons why strength training is the essential ingredient for empowerment post divorce.
Builds Physical Strength
Strength training helps build muscle mass, which is crucial for women as they age. As we get older, our muscles start to deteriorate, presenting many health challenges. However, by strength training, you can avoid and even reverse this muscle loss, maintaining your independence and mobility as you age.
It is not difficult to undermine your OWN physical needs as you go through the emotional challenges of divorce, and neglect your own strength. And while you might not be able to control every aspect of the divorce process, you will always have the ability to directly control how strong you are physically, even if you only set aside just 15 minutes per day to invest.
It is no secret that stress caused from divorce can cause you to feel weaker and older than you really are. However, devoting the time to building your physical strength will help you take control of how you feel and look throughout the process.
Strength training has been shown to have an enormous impact on self-confidence. When we set goals and reach them, we build a sense of control over our lives. That feeling of control can be incredibly empowering for those who are feeling vulnerable after a divorce. Additionally, seeing the physical changes in our bodies provides us with tangible evidence that we are capable and resilient human beings. Strength training can help you to recognize and trust that capability, providing an invaluable boost to your self-confidence. This can be especially important if there are children involved in the divorce, as being able to provide a sense of security for them is key. With strength training, you’ll be able to confidently move forward into this new chapter of life.
Sometimes we forget what going through a divorce can do TO our self-esteem. Strength training then becomes the ultimate opportunity to do something FOR your self-esteem.
Improves Mental Health
When you train your body, you’re also training your mind. Strength training increases levels of endorphins, which help improve mood and decrease stress levels. This is especially important during particularly difficult times like post-divorce when many women struggle with depression or anxiety. Exercise helps to keep these feelings in check while also providing an outlet for any built-up emotions and frustrations. It can also play an important role in preventing future mental health issues by fostering positive coping skills.
The emotional scarring that comes from going through a divorce can sometimes be a catalyst to develop more emotional resilience. Even though a divorce is not a life event anyone expects, let alone wants to go through at the outset of your marriage, it inevitably impacts your mental health. Strength training in turn can become not only your safe place to build up your body physically, but also keep your mental health in check.
A Sense of Community
There is a reason why most rehab programs include small group meeting to help victims ease back into society. Group support.
While divorce does not mean rehab by any means, you can benefit from being around other women who have gone through, or are going through similar experiences.
Strength training offers an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests and goals. Joining a strength training program or gym provides a supportive community instantly. You can find other women who have gone through a similar experience and build new friendships. Having the support of other strong-minded individuals can make a world of difference in feeling empowered and confident about yourself. Research has proven consistently that working alongside likeminded individuals will help to keep you motivated and accountable to your goals. Trust the power of community.
Strength training is an excellent way for divorced women to take control of their health, well-being, and confidence. It offers physical, mental, and social benefits that’ll help you navigate the challenges that come with divorce. Never forget that you’re stronger than you think, and strength training helps you unleash that inner strength to transform your life remarkably. Empower yourself today.