Low self-esteem is a challenge to overcome no matter how old you are and no matter your situation in life. There are many reasons that contribute to low feelings of self-worth, but there are also many ways to give yourself a boost and feel better almost instantaneously. Of course, we’re talking about EXERCISE!
No, exercise is not a dirty word. It can be fun and rewarding. Raising your heart rate and increasing oxygen intake through deep breathing for just 30 minutes a day can help significantly build self-esteem.
The Downward Spiral of Low Self-Esteem
Your self-esteem is your self-value, your self-worth, and your belief that you are good and deserve happiness. You, you, you. Therein lies the problem. As the saying goes, “you are your own worst enemy.” Let go of the things you cannot control and seize the opportunities to turn self-deprecating ideas into positive energy.
Low self-esteem is a self-propelling fall into a dizzying blur of poor judgment, choices, and health. Beyond the obvious mental factors of depression and anger, low self-esteem can lead to alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, and violence. These conditions, in turn, lead to physical diseases like heart and liver disease, obesity, diabetes, and so much more. Exercise can help rid you of defeatist thoughts and get you on the road to building self-esteem.
Benefits Of Exercise
There are some obvious benefits of exercise including:
Reducing The Risk of Disease
Exercise is known to lower your cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease and other illnesses. These benefits come as your body works, burns calories, and gains muscle. All of these help you stay healthy and combat chronic illnesses and diseases.
Exercise helps you burn more calories while you work out, but it also increases your lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so simply increasing your muscle mass helps you use more calories throughout the day.
Maintaining Good Respiratory and Circulatory Health
Regular exercise increases your lung capacity. Like any muscle, the more you use your lungs, the stronger they get. In turn, this strength makes them more efficient, which means they not only take in more oxygen, but deliver more to your bloodstream, thus improving your circulatory health as well.
Not everyone needs to be a bodybuilder and lift small cars, but everyone can use a little extra strength. Exercise helps increase muscle mass, which can improve your performance and endurance in everyday activities.
Exercise can also significantly improve your outlook on life. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which elevate your mood and can weaken the impact of negative thought processes.
Getting Started with Easy Exercise
Like most things in life, finding the motivation and getting started with exercise is the hardest part. We’re conditioned to think that exercise has to look a certain way to be effective, but that simply isn’t true. Here are a few easy ways to get started exercising:
Low Cost to No Cost Exercise
You don’t need an expensive gym membership or costly equipment to get a good workout. You can get a great workout at no cost in your own home, office, and neighborhood. Wall and chair exercises are an excellent way to work your abs and legs and gain core strength and balance. At an average cost of about $10, you can invest in an exercise ball and use it to do full workouts, or just sit on it while working on the computer or watching TV. Yoga and Tai Chi are outstanding mindful exercises that not only improve strength, flexibility, and balance but focus on breathing and meditation to help clear the mind.
Exercise At Work
Do not use work as an excuse not to exercise. Get to work a little earlier and park in the back of the parking lot to get in some extra steps each day. Use the stairs whenever possible. Go for a walk during your lunch hour. You can even do some wall push-ups in the stall each time you visit the restroom. You will be amazed at the results this little extra activity will reveal.
Make Exercise A Family Affair
Incorporate hikes into your weekly events, create mini triathlons for the entire family on the weekends, and find winter activities like snowshoeing that can be fun and adventurous. As your children grow, they will remember these as fun family times and will continue to be active throughout their lifetime.
Keep Your Exercise Motivation Going
The more you exercise, the more energy you will have, and you will find yourself wanting to step up your game. Consider HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training. Power bursts of exercise push your heart and respiratory rates higher for about 15-30 seconds at a time, followed by equal amounts of cool-down time. This is repeated in sets of about 10-15, depending on your fitness level. There are many apps that can help you with HIIT.
Self-Esteem Is a Journey
Building self-esteem is a journey, and exercise is your vehicle. Reaching your goals will provide a sense of accomplishment. Excellent support resources like blogs and apps can enhance your experience.
Xyngular offers guidance, recipes, and products to help you increase your self-esteem and get more from your diet and exercise plan. Xyngular can help you get and stay healthy. Contact a Xyngular distributor, or login to your Xyngular account to find out more about what the Xyngular systems can do for you.
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