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How Exercise Helps to Promote the Self-Respect and Empowerment to Deal With Life’s Challenges


Do you ever encounter days, weeks or even months where you don’t experience any joy?

Sometimes it seems as though life has more challenges than anything else. Things aren’t working out as you had hoped, your goals feel unreachable and you just feel blue.

I think it’s safe to say that many of us reach this state of mind from time to time. I know I have and it’s always during these trying times that exercise has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Life comes at us from different angles and the outcome of certain situations isn’t always in our control. This is when we have a choice…

Do we allow circumstances to keep us down and out?


Do we find a way to gather whatever inner power we have and keep going?

And if we choose the latter, how do we go about this?

The answer is exercise.

How physical exercise makes you mentally and emotionally stronger

I’m certain you have heard the phrase, “life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it.” It holds a lot of truth. It’s all in how we perceive things.

When we come from a place of victimization we feel that life is happening to us. However, when we feel strong and proactive in our own lives we tend to view circumstances from a place of empowerment.

When we are out of shape and do not live a life consisting of habits that promote well-being we are allowing our bodies to suffer, weaken and eventually decay in addition to our minds. Being inactive is a behavior in itself that makes us feel powerless.

While life is happening, we remain idle. If this is how we treat our bodies it’s no wonder that when problems and issues arise that we feel as though we are limited in resources and choices. This behavior enables a similar state of mind and before we know it, we are at life’s mercy. Not a good feeling.

On the other hand…exercise is an action that encourages strength. Working-out involves making a decision to do something for ourselves that creates improvements in our overall being in every way imaginable.

When we decide to do things that are good for us we instill in our consciousness a healthy feeling of control. Taking responsibility for how our bodies function, move and perform in life develops self-worth based on personal power. When we know we are taking care of ourselves, we feel agile, energized and sharp.

How exercise helps you gain confidence and feel good about yourself

I have had my own ups and downs plenty of times. When I am experiencing stress or have something troubling on my mind, it has been my workouts that have given me the strength, creativity (gotta love endorphins) and focus that I have needed to face whatever has me feeling bogged down. If nothing else, exercise makes a wonderful distraction!

Let’s face it…when we feel good about ourselves life takes on new meaning. When our energy levels are up we are sharp. When we can move with ease and proper range of motion we feel comfortable and confident in our own skin. When we’re toned, strong and fit we feel like people who care about themselves and this helps to promote self-respect.

Fitness as a means of personal empowerment

The idea behind dealing with life’s challenges is the ability to tackle issues as they arise and allow ourselves enough time to process things as they unfold to give a clear and accurate assessment of any situation.

If you read my articles you’ll always notice a common theme…once fitness becomes a means of personal empowerment…once it becomes a TOOL to help promote a healthy mind and attitude…your body will have no choice but to follow.



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