How Exercise Affects Your Self-Esteem
In a world of media driven expectations our standards related to what we hold valuable to us is challenged daily. You may find it challenging to keep your self-esteem high when there is always more to chase after. Such as promotions, more money, more time, education and status. However, those standards are reflections of your own personal metrics and the values you hold. Therefore, it is important to remember why these things are so important to you. If that job is worth it to you. Well, you better take care of yourself because the hurdles that come with it may hurt your self esteem. Leave you questioning yourself and the values you hold.
Knowing one's worth is the foundation to inner peace. Feeling proud daily regardless, is what will maintain your focus. It will be what allows you to feel accomplished in the good days, stay motivated to move forward and will your keep eye on the prize when things don't go as planned. You will see failures as lessons learned and not a question of your abilities. Although at times your ego may be hurt. Your self esteem will not be broken. Your confidence in yourself will pick you back up and take on yet another day.
With the ups and downs we need to practice self love. One good weapon in tackling the day and all its' guts and glory, is the regular involvement of exercise. 20-30 minutes a day of exercise can improve your self-esteem.
1. It helps against boredom. Making you feel accomplished daily. It's a healthy dose of competition. You feel powerful for completing the challenge. Lifting your spirits and validating your are capable. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, boosting your productivity. It keeps things interesting.
2. It boost your confidence both physically and mentally. It releases endorphins, the feel good hormone. Improving your mood. It also makes us feel stronger, look better and stand taller. These may be physical but let's be honest. Most people are driven to exercise in the first place to make physical change. Feeling more comfortable in your skin can improve the energy you put forward.
3. Add a restorative practice like meditation and yoga. These compliment the physical stress caused by exercise. Reducing cortisol and adrenaline. Regulating blood pressure. Exercise does these too but with a different approach. These practices have been shown to add an elevated level of self worth. Creating mindfulness. Making one more connected to why they feel the way they feel day to day. Increasing their ability to focus and problem solve more effectively.
4. Exercise promotes healthier immune function. Being sick less means we feel better often. Sickness can leave us feeling down and out. Pulls us from our routines and ability to work. The things that give us purpose each day and make us happy.
5. Gives you control. Exercise is something we can choose to do. We get to decide how we train, how hard we train and what we train. It's our bodies and our mind working together to give us something we work towards creating. It's unique to each of us and who doesn't like being in charge time to time?
6. It socializes us. Fitness can bring people together. Individuals in a like minded community, working towards similar goals. It's a platform to connect and share. A common ground. Provides a sense of belonging. Motivating one another in a positive nature. Sharing the good vibes.
These are just a few of the many benefits exercise can have towards improving self esteem. It's one way each day you can get a dose of those "feel goods" Remind yourself your bad ass and you go this thing call life!