Everyone experiences challenges in life. How we get past them defines us. When something trips you up momentarily, will you stay down, or will you stand back up and push through it?

We’ll discuss a few challenging situations you might encounter right now. We’ll also talk about how physical fitness can get you past them. Getting a gym membership isn’t just about dropping a few pounds or staying fit. It can help you with considerably more in some instances.

Opioid Addiction

Some people experience opioid addiction. Some start using recreationally if they feel sad or depressed, but others experience addiction after accidents. You might need surgery, and when you’re recovering, the doctor might give you opioids for pain management.

That’s risky, but if you’re experiencing significant physical pain, the doctor might feel it’s necessary. In the aftermath, when you still have the craving but the doctor won’t give you any more opioid-based medication, you might try holistic treatment plans for whole-person care. These treatments remain popular and usually involve both counseling and suboxone, a drug that helps with opioid addiction and recovery.

As you are recovering, you might also start working out. Maybe you had a gym membership before the accident and the recovery process. If you didn’t have one before, you can get one now.

Either way, you can start working out regularly. If you still have lingering cravings, when you run a couple of miles on a treadmill, that can take your mind off of it. You might also lift free weights, swim, or take a yoga class.

Getting Over a Bad Breakup

You might also start working out or work out more intensely after you experience a bad breakup. Maybe your marriage ends, or you lived with someone, but you decided that you’d both go your separate ways.

In these situations, you might think that you’ll never feel happy again. You might work or do other necessary things, but you feel listless and unmotivated while you do them. You’re not experiencing much joy in your life.

Working out intensely can help you get past that. For one thing, you’ll get in great shape. When you feel like you might get out there again and start dating, maybe you’re in peak physical condition.

Also, when you work out, you release endorphins. They’ll make you feel better if you’re sad about the breakup. Working out while getting past a serious relationship can help you immensely.

Getting Over A Work Setback

You might also work out when you’re getting past a work setback. Maybe you felt like you had a promotion coming, but someone else in your department got it. Perhaps you thought you’d get a raise or a bonus this year, but it never happened.

In these situations, you might feel like you should drink too much or do something equally self-destructive. It’s easy to take on that mindset.

You can shake it off by working out. When you work out and don’t let a work setback get you down, you get the blood pumping, and those endorphins flood your body.

You’ll realize that you can get past this, and it’s just another challenge that you can conquer. You’ll soon feel that you’ll have more and perhaps even better opportunities soon.

Getting Over a Loved One’s Death

Maybe someone you love dies. That can happen if you’ve got a loved one who’s older and has lived a long and fruitful life. You might understand that it’s natural, but you’ll still miss them a lot.

You may also have a situation where someone you love dies unexpectedly. That’s usually even tougher. You might feel like you should shut down and not do anything for a while.

You should take all the time you need, but if you start working out, that can help you get past this difficult period. If you’re working out, you can’t sit at home or lie in bed and fixate on the person you’ve lost.

Battling Through Depression

You can start working out if you’ve been feeling depressed lately. Some people experience depression if they live somewhere cold and it’s wintertime. You might have seasonal affective disorder. All the gray days, snow, and ice keep you feeling irritable.

You can help shake off that feeling by working out frequently. You can get a gym membership, burn some calories, and have some music on that you like while you are sweating and fine-tuning your body.