In the past we looked at several ways to boost your self confidence, in this article we answer: Does exercise improve confidence? Is there really a connection between exercise and self confidence or are there just a bunch health nuts trying to get you to workout? We’ll look into the real benefits of what exercise has to offer…
Exercise and Self Confidence Benefits
People are often looking for exercises to build confidence and while there are some exercises specific to building self confidence, this article is not about that… In How to be More Confident, we saw that self confidence is about how you view yourself (personal self image) and how you view your ability to accomplish a specific task (self-efficiency).
The type of exercises we’re looking into today are the type that effect your personal self image. We want to answer, Does working out help boost your self confidence?… Guess what… IT DOES!!!… Here’s how working out effects your confidence…
Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment1: First, just starting a workout will give a sense of accomplishment because it can be difficult to schedule the time. Then after a while of pushing yourself hard, you’ll see yourself progressing every single week. Not only will you improve in power but you’ll start looking amazing!
Enhances Your Well Being: Life can be hectic, but when you workout you know you’re taking time out for yourself, this is when it’s about you. You’ll boost your endorphin levels, which will make you feel happier and relieve any anxiety you may have.
Makes You Look Your Best: Remember, your self confidence is a mixture of your self image and how well you can perform a task. By exercising you’re boosting your self image which boosts self confidence. As you start to feel better inside, you feel great outside.
Makes You More Productive: Sometimes your self confidence suffers because you don’t know how to attack a project. When you exercise, you get in a state of mind where you can accomplish anything. Exercise will be the spark you need in other areas of your life to accomplish your goals.
Helps You Face Challenges: For many people, working out will not be easy. Your workout will challenge you. However, after a while you will realize that you’re capable of much more than you thought. As you get better at exercising your self confidence levels will spill over into other areas of life because you’ll realize that you are capable of much more.
Change of Mindset: Often, when we have low self confidence, we may have several negative thoughts in our minds. Because of the endorphins we get with exercise, we can change how we view our situation, thus increasing our self confidence.
Improves Posture: One of the self confidence boosters we saw in the past was having proper posture. One of the best ways to show confidence is by standing tall and sitting upright. With the help of exercise, you’ll develop stronger muscles to hold your head up high.
Even More Benefits of Exercise Beyond Self Confidence
We now know that exercise will help boost your self confidence. And as we saw, there are several benefits to exercising. However, there’s even more benefits to working out than you think. Just check out these other benefits from working out!2
Reduce Stress: Got stress in life? Rather it’s mental or physical stress, exercise can help. Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress.
Boost Happy Chemicals: Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed! Doctors have even seen exercise to be more beneficial than anti-depressants!
Prevent Cognitive Decline: Being inactive increases the risk of developing depression or dementia, according to studies presented at a conference of the British Nutrition Foundation. Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.
Alleviate Anxiety: Exercise has been found to help people with anxiety disorders to calm down. Often our self confidence may decrease because of anxiety, here’s a good way to remove it.
Boost Brainpower: Various studies on mice and men have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells (aka neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance.
Sharpen Memory: Exercising increases production of cells in hippocampus responsible for memory and learning.
Help Control Addiction: Exercise has been found to help in addiction recovery.
Increase Relaxation: Exercise can help with insomnia. Moving around five to six hours before bedtime raises the body’s core temperature. When the body temp drops back to normal a few hours later, it signals the body that it’s time to sleep.
Get More Done: Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers.
Increase Creativity: A heart-pumping workout can boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards.
Sexual Performance: Physical exercise improves your sexual stamina and sexual performance and enhances self-reliance.
Simple Exercise Options to Build Your Self Confidence
Several Personal Trainers were asked if exercise really helped with people’s self confidence. They responded with an absolute YES.3 They stated that when working with a client that they could see the difference in the clients mood over time. They were happier, had more energy, stood taller, had more motivation, and of course felt more confident.
However, these Personal Trainers also gave a WARNING. They stated that you can’t just do any kind of exercise. Instead, you need to follow a workout program that is very achievable to you. For example, you can’t try an intense workout program if you haven’t worked out for a long time.
Instead, you need a exercise program that is challenging enough so that you feel a change physically, but not so hard that you’re giving up after a few days. This is important because if you quit a exercise program, it will do more harm than good to your self confidence.
Here are a few workout programs that are perfect for beginners to intermediate and will boost your self confidence:
21 Day Fix – With 21 Day Fix, simple fitness and simple eating mean fast results. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight. No more counting, weighing, or measuring—just quick results.
Focus T25 – Get an hour’s worth of results in 25 minutes a day! Trainer Shaun T gives you everything you need, nothing you don’t. 25 minutes. 5 days a week. 100% results.
Insanity: Max 30 – Shaun T’s INSANITY MAX:30 is the craziest 30 minutes of your day. No equipment needed—just the will to push yourself until you MAX OUT. Every day you’ll dig a little deeper and go one minute longer, for the best results of your life.
P90X3 – Study after study shows that the most dramatic body transformations happen . . . in the first 30 minutes of exercise. Tony Horton’s breakthrough Muscle Acceleration system combines a highly structured, plateau-busting schedule with an unprecedented variety of moves that keep every muscle challenged every day for 30 minutes of full-throttle intensity. P90X3 is a whole workout in half the time.
CIZE – Finally, exercise isn’t something you have to do. It’s something you’ll want to do. CIZE breaks down the hottest professionally choreographed dance courses, step-by-step, so that anyone can dance. You’ll be so focused on learning the moves that you won’t even realize you’re burning calories and losing weight!
PIYO – Superstar trainer Chalene Johnson will help you define every inch of your body—without bulking up or straining your joints. You’ll perform low-impact, high-intensity moves to get your strength training, flexibility, and cardio—all in each workout! No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results.
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