Written by Carla A. Killian, NETA Certified, Mobile Personal Training for Women, www.FitGirlTraining.com

Celebrating major holidays while healing from major life-events such as divorce cause many women to internalize feels of loss, anger, and resentment. In turn, we become our own worst enemy. In a struggle for emotional comfort during times of pain and discomfort, we may make poor food choices, feel too exhausted to exercise, and simply shut-down.

As difficult as it may sound, viewing divorce as a positive, life-changing event helps women regain the power and drive to transform an unhappy lifestyle and become a self-confident, exuberant person. The answer lies within each of us, and this change happens when we start paying more attention to caring for our body.

As I’m sure you’ve heard before, eating healthy foods, chock-full of leafy greens, colorful vegetables, clean proteins, and fruit is a great first step toward breathing more energy into each day. The next step is to spend more time doing activities you enjoy, such as taking a 10-15 minute walk most days of the week, stretching in the morning or before bed, or finding a class that makes you want to move.

What you may have not heard before is to focus on movements that do not cause pain or discomfort. The “no pain, no gain” concept is a thing of the past for most women suffering from sore knees, joints, shoulders, and hips. Keeping exercises low-impact ensures less wear-and-tear on your joints and a more enjoyable experience. Weight-bearing cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, is great for promoting a strong, healthy heart.

Strength training is another important component to help regulate metabolism, hormones, and build stronger bones. Performing 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps of each exercise produces lean, sculpted muscles. If it has been a while since you’ve lifted weights, a great option is to locate a personal trainer to create a personalized workout plan. Any reputable personal trainer should be able to easily provide this service at no additional cost to you.

Transforming your mind and physical body takes care and compassion, but well worth the effort as you confidently begin striding into a room with your head held high!