How Physical Fitness Helps Build Confidence
Most if not everyone knows that physical fitness is terrific for the body. We workout to keep our bodies in shape and improve our quality of living. However, did you know that physical fitness is also beneficial for the mind?
When you workout, you are also challenging your mind. You must push yourself mentally to keep improving, and you must also accept that you are capable of more. All these efforts can lead up to a more significant change. What is that? Physical fitness is great for building the self-confidence of adults and kids alike.
Getting in Shape Helps You Feel Better
Have you ever hear of the runner’s high? It’s a feeling that runners get during a race which makes them feel exhilarated and euphoric. In over-simplified terms, this feeling comes about because your body releases endorphins. In a way, they are the bodies painkillers. They are produced when the body is going through discomfort.
How does this help you? It’s not just a runner that can get this “high.” Each time you work out, your body releases endorphins. These endorphins help make you feel better as you workout.
As an added boost, the CBT Therapy in London, says that when you feel better physically, you feel better mentally. This fact means that your whole body will be happier after a hard workout, chemical help or not.
Strength and Accomplishment
Let’s say you didn’t get the runner's high, but you pushed yourself further than you thought you could. In this case, your confidence could also be boosted with the feeling of accomplishment for what you just did. In many cases, our self-worth is rooted in how we feel about ourselves that day. If you feel better and feel more accomplished after each workout, you’ll then feel more confident in your life.
How does strength play into this? When you push your body to become stronger, you force your mind to get stronger too. To overcome limits and build yourself up you must be ready to ignore small amounts of pain and discomfort. In many ways, this can help you to ignore, as the younger generation, says, “the haters.”
Stress Reduction Means Better Confidence
Did you know that if you workout, you help to reduce the stresses of your day? Let’s go back to the runner’s high. Other than pain relief, this chemical release also helps to reduce the weight you're currently feeling.
When you go from task to task during each day, you might begin to feel stressed if you can’t keep up. If your kid has homework, they might start to stress as well. Taking a break to workout can help your body to reset. Afterward, you will feel more confident in your abilities and the day ahead.
Working Out and Stress Reduction Both Make You Smarter
Ask yourself, after your workout, do you feel groggy or do you feel alert? More than likely, you feel alert. This feeling is because working out boosts the oxygen in blood, in turn, helping the brain.
Relating to this, how well do you perform your work or school tasks when stressed? Chances are you don’t do well. That’s normal. Adding the past two topics together, and it’s easy to see how effective working out can be for your brain and confidence.
Confidence from Your New Body
Saving the most obvious for last, body confidence is a significant part of working out. If you aren’t happy with how you look, you’ll more than likely lack self-esteem. As your body changes and gets stronger, the accomplishment you feel will boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Overall, working out can do great things for both the mind and body. Through working out, you can see both your fitness and mental goals come into fruition. The feelings of accomplishment and stress reduction accompany workouts making your mind feel confident and refreshed after each session. Your new body will help your self-esteem and the increase in oxygen to your brain. If you’d like to see what working out can do for you, check out all the classes we offer, great for both kids and adults alike!