Regular exercise is not only incredible for your health, it also provides huge spikes to your charisma and self-esteem.
This article is NOT going to mention the increased confidence you may experience from having a more physically attractive body. That’s an awesome by-product of exercise, but not as powerful as the boost you’ll get from the action of pushing your body to its limits.
Not convinced? Read on for five surprising ways that exercising will boost your self-esteem.
Exercise provides additional self-belief
A lot of people’s insecurities are centred around their lack of faith in themselves to achieve things or complete their personal goals.
An exercise plan gives you the opportunity to do that.
If you’re exercising properly, you’ll experience many moments where you want to give up. These will occur mid-workout and sometimes before you even tie your trainers.
It’s in those horrible moments where you want to give up or completely skip a workout that you learn a lot about yourself.
Many people discover that they’re mentally tougher than realised, and this is a discovery that’ll fill you with pride.
Exercise boosts your willpower
That inner voice that tells you to give up while exercising is the same one that tells you not to speak up in a business meeting or introduce yourself to the woman at the bar. A huge part of confidence is ignoring this voice that tells you not to do what scares you.
It’s your prefrontal cortex talking. This is the part of the brain responsible for willpower, and you can strengthen this the same way you would your muscles.
By pushing your willpower to its limits (through five extra push-ups, for example) you build it stronger for the future.
Best of all, because the prefrontal cortex is responsible for all forms of willpower, you’ll be more resilient in social situations as well as physical ones.
Exercise gives you more stamina
Another way that the pre-frontal cortex behaves similarly to a muscle is by depleting as your energy lowers throughout the day.
When you’re physically tired, it’s tougher to summon the courage to make that bold move in a business meeting or in front of that blonde bombshell.
However, by building up your energy levels through cardio or pumping weights, you’ll have the energy to ignore those inner voices and unleash your most confident self on the situation.
Exercise releases endorphins throughout the day
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. The same ones that make you feel awesome when you eat chocolate or have sex. The main difference is that these endorphins continue to be released hours after you stop exercising, allowing you to feel happy and energised throughout the day.
This is why so many fitness experts recommend morning workouts.
Exercise reduces anxiety
If you suffer from severe or repeated anxiety, a good workout could be just the cure.
Several studies have indicated that all types of exercise can ward off the classic symptoms of anxiety for hours at a time. It can also keep the brain stronger and sharper well into old age, which will surely do plenty of your confidence as you approach retirement.
What exercise do I need to do to make the most of these benefits?
The great news is that you can engage in any physical exercise you like in order to claim these mental health benefits. The important thing is that you push your body – and therefore your willpower – to its physical limits.
This is possible during any physical exercise from jogging to lifting weights or ultimate fighting.
Even if you’re not particularly bothered about improving your body, you may well be interested in strengthening your self-esteem. Exercise would appear to be as good a solution as any for doing that.