The Relation Between Fitness and Confidence

March 10, 2014 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Confidence is all about perception. It’s how you see yourself as an individual. Having confidence issues is normal. It’s what makes you a human being. However, you should ways keep your confidence level in check. Overconfidence can lead to people viewing you as arrogant, and it can make you lax and sloppy in your work. A total lack of self-confidence can lead to depression.

Being the best possible version of you improves your confidence. And an effective and important way of improving yourself is to become as fit and as healthy as possible, both physically and mentally. By taking your fitness seriously you will be able to reap the results and gain more self-confidence as you go through daily life.

Living a fit life is living a confident life.

Being fit improves your physical appearance and makes you stronger. When you look good you feel good, there is no doubt about that. A balanced diet to match your fitness goals further improves the effectiveness and also massively contributes to the feel good factor.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and releases ‘feel good’ hormones that make you feel happier and more relaxed.  The process of becoming fit will also give you a sense of self-achievement. Each mile that you run, each lap that you swim, each pound that you lift, each calorie that you minimize shows that when you put your mind to it, you can do something you’ve never done before. You can challenge yourself and push yourself to the limit. This will translate to forming goals for advancing your career and improving your personal life.

Gain new skills

Once you start a fitness regime you may just find yourself gaining new skills. Wanting to eat healthier might prompt you to enrol in cooking classes, or you may explore other workout options such as taking dancing lessons or learning a new sport. You might even find yourself enjoying your very first hike. Learning is a lifelong journey and the more you learn, the more confident you become.

Feel Good Food

Proper nutrition means that your organs are getting what they need to properly function. An invigorating exercise or consuming certain kinds of food can stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin, which dispels moodiness and negative thoughts. Having a positive outlook in life can make all the difference.

Social animals

People are social animals and a fitness regimen will allow you to break out from being a wallflower. A gym membership or boot camp courses will allow you to meet new people and even forge some friendship. Playing sports like football or rugby will teach you all about teamwork and camaraderie.

Fitness is being healthy in mind, body, and spirit. It is looking forward to another day and meeting all the challenges head on. It is being the best version of you that you can be.

Janie Appleby is a personal trainer and fitness blogger. She’s currently training for her first triathlon.

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