10 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Through Exercise
We all want to feel good about ourselves. When we are confident, we feel better emotionally and mentally and this reflects in a very positive way in our behaviors. From personal relationships to our professional endeavors, when we are mentally strong, it becomes more easy to make the right choices and take the better decisions that will improve the quality of our life.
Therefore, anything we do, which can help boost our self-confidence, is good for us far beyond the mental and emotional part. One of the best ways to boost your self-confidence is by exercising regularly. Obviously, apart of being good for boosting your self-assurance it has great health benefits too…;)
So how can exercise boost your confidence?
Here Are 10 Ways How Exercising Boosts Your Self Confidence
1. Weight Management Boosts Your Self Confidence
Even with a society that tries to find ways to justify being overweight as the new norm, being overweight is still a main confidence destroyer. Therefore, if you are in a great shape, you’ll automatically will feel better about yourself. Exercising along with healthy eating is the best way to control weight or lose weight. It’s all about balancing the energy you take in and the energy you’ll burn. If you burn more energy than you take in you will lose weight. Once you are at a point that you feel satisfied with your weight, it’s just a matter of managing your food intake and the amount of exercise your body needs.
2. Exercising Improves Your Mood
For an immediate mental or emotional power boost, there’s nothing better than a good workout. And before you think that this requires a trip to the gym or too much of your time and effort, think again. A good workout doesn’t necessarily mean giving it all for one hour with your personal trainer. It could be as simple as a brisk walk, taking the stairs, or a jog. In fact, anything that makes your body work physically harder than your normal state can be considered as a good workout to boost your mental state. This is because the increased oxygen and blood stream caused by an increased heart rate stimulates your brain to release the production of chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. The results are a reduction in stress and anxiety, and a general increased feeling of well-being.
3. Exercising Is Good for the Heart
Regular exercising lowers the risk of various heart-related conditions. Exercising has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce problems associated with diabetes and can even help in fighting heart disease. This is quite logical — if exercising reduces weight, then this means that the flow of energy needed to travel throughout a lean body is less than in an overweight body obstructed by to much fat instead of muscle mass. The heart muscle has been trained, is therefore stronger and has to work less in a lean body. The overall result is better health and more strength. A lean healthy body also causes less pressure on joints and other areas of the body.
4. A body In Shape Boosts Confidence
This is slightly different from weight control. Being in shape means feeling great, healthy and strong, and having a well-toned body and better posture. And these are all aspects connected with self-confidence. When a person feels proud and good about himself, it’s more easy to be respected by others and make friends. And more connections in life means more opportunities and more confidence.
5. More Energy Helps Your Overall Mood
If we don’t have the energy to do things, then everything becomes a chore. That can lead to procrastination, laziness and feeling bad about oneself. And as we have seen in the previous topics, regular exercise helps not only the whole body work more efficiently, but the brain too. When you have enough mental an physical energy it becomes more easy to have a mindset of inspiration and motivation for the things you need to do. You don’t view “things to do” as a chore. Instead you just tackle them one by one as they come into your day. And the additional benefit is that the more you get done the better your mood and the better you feel.
6. Better Sleep Stimulates A Feeling of Well-Being
Regular exercise promotes good sleep. It is proven that sleep is necessary for general feelings of well-being. Sleep is also necessary for how we look. Just imagine preparing for an important meeting and looking in the mirror and seeing dark circles under bloodshot eyes — how confident will you feel? Since exercise helps with boosting self-confidence, feeling healthy and strong, and releasing stress, exercising will improve sleep. One word of warning — just don’t exercise near bedtime. Ideally you’ll exercise first thing in the morning. However if that doesn’t work for you, try a midday workout, or at the latest before your evening starts (exception for yoga).
7. Improved Productivity Boosts Your Self Confidence
One of the best ways to clear the mind is to exercise regularly. Exercise gives you a chance to wipe the slate clean and start from new. In addition, if you push yourself exercising you can realize new potentials and this in turn boosts self-confidence. Very often, what you thought was a major problem before exercising disappears after exercising. With exercising you’ll improve your productivity because the increased oxygen in your brain will help you see things more clear, as well as help you keep your focus when it’s needed.
8. Something to Look Forward to in Itself Is a Confidence Booster
Once you have a reasonable schedule for exercising, you will start to look forward to it. This in itself is a confidence booster. Once you start seeing the benefits of exercising, you will have the desire to continue and in the end, you feel better and look better.
9. Improved Focus and Concentration Boosts Self Confidence
As mentioned before, exercising helps us get more oxygen in the brain, which obviously optimizes the functioning of our mental capacities. But exercising also help us to develop our skills to focus and concentrate on the specific exercise we perform. This then trains our brain to focus and concentrate too, and helps us better when we have tasks or responsibilities in other area’s resulting in more praise and benefits.
10. Feelings of Control and Achievement Boosts Self Confidence
In general, exercising has so many benefits to health and mind that we can’t help having a feeling of control and achievement. Working out takes work, dedication, commitment, discipline and care for oneself, and all this facilitates enormous boosts of confidence.
Try incorporating regular exercising into your routine and you will experience the many benefits to boost your self-confidence that regular exercising gives.
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