We all know how keeping fit and healthy can increase your life expectancy, and help you make sure those extra years are a lot more fulfilling. But, one of the other benefits of a healthy lifestyle – confidence – is a lot less discussed.
Confidence is a funny thing. Some people have it in spades, no matter how unhealthy they are. However, for the vast majority of us, it doesn’t come naturally, and it can be affected by all kinds of things, including our general state of mind. So, I thought I would use today to go through some of the ways that health and fitness can boost your confidence.
Regular readers of this blog will know that when it comes to losing weight, I tried almost everything. And, it’s fair to say, that not all of the methods I used worked. That’s a confidence-knocker in itself, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. But you know what? Once you find the diet or lifestyle changes that work for you, you will start to get results. As the weight begins to fall off, you will feel more confident than you have done in years, and you will be able to carry on. It’s a massive achievement, losing weight. So it’s no surprise that you will feel so much more capable as a person once you reach your ideal size.
The trouble with beginning an exercise routine is that you feel like you just can’t do it. I know – I’ve been there. Whether it’s a fitness class at the gym or a DVD session you do at home, it doesn’t matter – you can’t do it, and you feel a failure. The thing is, every session you take brings you closer step towards completing the program. That’s no small thing – and you should take confidence from that alone. It’s a gradual process, but if you can get past the two-to-three week barrier, you will break free of your negative thoughts. So, hang in there, go the gym, or keep pressing play on your DVD machine. It will get you where you want to be, and your confidence will explode.
Look after your teeth
It’s funny how something so small can make us withdraw from one of life’s essential pleasures. But, if you don’t care for your teeth, you can expect to smile a lot less. There is an enormous social pressure to have shining white teeth. And, although I wouldn’t suggest bleaching to everyone, you should visit your dentist and hygienist often. Try not to worry about drills and pain – if you are overly worried, you can always try a holistic dentist instead. But please, make sure that you can smile long and hard for many years to come. There is nothing nicer to see than a confident, broad smile – and other people’s perceptions will start to rub off on you, too.
Well, if you can eat well, do more exercise and then smile about it afterwards, I think you will find you will be a more confident person. And if you manage to get to the end of a tough and challenging health program, you deserve those confident feelings. Good luck – and give me a shout if you are struggling!