A broken heart can feel like the end of the world. The temptation is to stay in bed, possibly with one or more family sized pizzas, for the foreseeable future. But if you can, getting out and doing some exercise could be the best thing for you. Here’s why.
As well as making your physical heart healthy, exercise can help your mental health too. When you work out, your brain releases neurotransmitters and endorphins both of which make you
feel happier. Working up a sweat will also lift your mood. In fact, feeling better might be just an aerobics class away.
Many of us feel less confident after a breakup. It’s easy to focus on the things that went wrong and feeling bad. Learning a new skill, or improving at a sport, can rebuild your confidence. Meeting goals even small ones will give you a boost.
It can be difficult to stop dwelling on the past. But joining a new exercise or sports class will take your mind off it. Breaking the cycle of negative thoughts is a good way to help you move on.
Meet new people
We’re not suggesting you find a new partner straight away. Instead, use your new exercise class or sports club to make new friends. Social support is important when recovering from the end of
a relationship. And you need to meet people who didn’t know you as one half of a couple, who’ll get to know you as yourself.
What to do?
If you enjoy running, then brilliant. Just get your trainers out and hit the street. Or grab some sweats and head off to the gym. If either of those fill you with dread, don’t despair. The good news is there are plenty of other ways to boost your health and wellbeing.
Here are our top five alternative ways to exercise:
Ballroom dancing - Get inspired by Strictly! Glitz, glamour, and a great way to meet new people. Dance classes will help you up your exercise, and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Ice skating - Another Saturday night favourite that will get your heart racing! It can be tricky, but ice skating is a skilled and satisfying way to exercise.
Rock climbing - This has gained popularity in recent years, and indoor climbing walls with beginner sessions can be found up and down the country. It’s a social sport that will help you make new friends.
Martial arts - Hands on and makes you work really hard. Despite how it appears, it’s not all about violence. Martial arts are big on self discipline, as well as giving you a thorough workout.
Hiking - Nothing clears the mind like a blast of the great outdoors and a good hike. All around Britain are wonderful routes to fit every ability level. Join a walking club whose specially trained guides will keep you safe while you tramp across the beautiful British countryside.