Exercise is most commonly discussed as benefitting physical health, but it also has a great impact on mental health. Having an active lifestyle can lead to helping you feel more empowered, in many areas of life.
Nowadays, there are numerous ways to workout, from group fitness classes such as cycling, dance, and Pilates, personal training, gym sessions, running trails, swimming, yoga, etc. There are many budget and time-friendly options as well, including fitness apps. The fitness app 30-Day Fitness, for example, guides you through exercises and offers tailored programs you can do whenever and wherever, such as cardio workouts to do at home. Whichever combination of exercise you choose, you will reap the benefits.
Here are 5 ways exercise can boost your confidence and make you feel more empowered:
- The power of endorphins
Exercise helps to boost the production of endorphins, which are chemicals that help to relieve pain or stress as well as boost happiness. Endorphins create a euphoric-type feeling, and the more regularly you exercise, the more you benefit from the creation of endorphins. The more that you experience this euphoric-type feeling, you feel empowered knowing what it takes to get there. After all, it is rare if not a ‘never’ occurrence that someone doesn’t say they feel ‘great’ or ‘better’ after a workout.
- Setting goals and conquering them
Setting and conquering a fitness goal fuels many who do so because it can really give one that confidence boost and sense of accomplishment that can extend to other aspects of life. There is also something special about setting fitness goals because you can really see and/or feel the difference, results and achievements.
- Feeling more confident in your skin
Regular exercise can really make you feel more confident in your own skin. Whether it be confidence deriving from knowing you are taking good care of yourself, the results you see, the results you feel, the greater mental alertness, the feeling more at home in your body, or a combination of all the above or other, exercise can have powerful results for self-confidence.
- Easing depression and anxiety
When you have all the good feelings coursing through your body through regular exercise, it is common to experience depression and anxiety-type feelings less frequently. Exercise also gives you a sense of accomplishment, discipline and routine, which can help keep you motivated and moving forward. Depression and anxiety can cause people to feel stuck or as if things are out of their control, and exercise gives you something to focus in on and really take care of your body and (at least an area of) your life.
- Taking care of your health
Your overall health can really affect your day-to-day life. Regular exercise is a wonderful (and necessary) way to take care of your health and practice some self-care. As you feel the benefits and know that you are doing something great for your health, it can make you feel empowered and also very self-sufficient.
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