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Self Esteem and Exercise

 

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Self-esteem is defined as " The experience of being capable of meeting
life's challenges and being worthy of happiness. " 

Exercising greatly enhances your self esteem and mental outlook while reducing stress.

Many successful people have claimed that when leading a healthy lifestyle outside of work he can see great benefits in areas such as greater self esteem as well as feeling less pressure or stress.

Self-esteem is a critical component of any program aimed at
self-improvement. A close relationship has been documented between low self-esteem and such
problems as violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, school
dropouts, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and low academic achievement.

It is never too late to start a work out program to best build toward your goal of improved self image, and always too early to stop exercising.
Exercise is necessary for your physical and mental health. The focus of this article is to
explain how exercise improves your self image.

Sudden, seasonal, bursts of energy towards getting in shape come and go
with the ever-changing weather. What is important is that maintaining some
form of physical exercising, beyond your every day cycle, helps reduce
anxiety while building emotional strength. How? Physical strain weakens
pent-up, nervous, energy; that would otherwise fester and brew harshly
within you. One theory is that endorphins, a chemical the
pituitary gland produced during vigorous exercise improves your mood.
Regular exercise also decreases the risk of heart disease and cancer, and there seems to be a connection between these illnesses and depression.

Most people agree that even though they may not look forward to doing a workout, they tend to feel better after they do, and equally better to assume their rightful place at work.

It should never bother you  to take the relatively minor steps necessary to improve your health; especially when doing so can only upgrade your self esteem along the way. Even people in their nineties who have not been active for many years can strengthen bones, muscle, heart and lung capacity when they start and maintain a steady exercise program. You don't have to exercise every day to achieve goals for good health. Initially, aim for every other day.  

"I get bored doing exercises. There never seems to be enough time."

How many of us have said that in the past week alone?

Pry a crowbar into that not-as-hectic-as-you-say-it-is schedule of yours, and rush to find
time to save your own life. Walking, or running if you're better able for
fifteen minutes is a terrific start. Eventually, you should want to work out at least 30 minutes
each day, but work up to that gradually. Moderate activity that gets your
heart pumping a little harder and causes you to break a sweat is what you
want to strive for. Be sure to warm your body up adequately before you begin your work out.

When the weak excuses of avoidance matter less than attempts at self
improvement remember oxygen is the key to life. How well one performs
during periods of exercise in full depends upon their oxygen intake. The
only way physical recuperation can be achieved is after oxygen has reached
the blood stream. This is why it is paramount to breathe properly. Always
breathe through the nose and not through the mouth. Oxygen absorbed through
the nose reaches the blood many times faster than air absorbed through the
mouth. Of all the times to keep your mouth shut this is it. It is this
revised breathing pattern that greatly reduces one recovery time, while
reducing the likelihood of a heart attack caused form a lack of oxygen in
the blood barring any pre-existing physical abnormalities.

Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you reach your physical potential. It can also help
you avoid heart attacks and keep you out of the hospital.

Health concerns:
     If you've had a heart attack, or other heart problems, chances are that you
would benefit from regular exercise, and you can probably safely start an
exercise program right in your own home. Eventually, you will begin to feel
better and want to do more. Being physically fit is good for your back,
especially your lower back. An exercise program that emphasizes
cardiovascular strength, flexibility, and strength training is good for the
health of your back. Activities that are least likely to cause the chronic
lower back pain that is so common include things such as biking, hiking and
or swimming. Activities with more moderate risks are: baseball, basketball,
bowling and golf.
     
Pay attention to your body's response to heat. After 15 minutes of working
out in hot weather your body temperature can rise as much as 5 degrees.
Sweating has a cooling effect on your body, and sufficient fluid is needed
to produce enough sweat. Drink water before and after you work out, as well
as every 15-20 minutes during your exercise routine. If your body can't get
rid of heat effectively, the consequences can be as simple as an
uncomfortable workout or as serious as fatal heat stroke. An even cool-down
decline period is also important after the workout is finished. If, during
this time you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, cold or clammy
skin, nausea or chest pains while you are exercising, stop right away and
call your doctor.
     Where is the best place to work out? Many cannot afford the rising prices
of fitness clubs, or home fitness equipment. That is ok. In the home simple
chairs and the floor are excellent starting apparatus for use by the
beginner. And since saving money is a consideration staying home is a
superior way to minimizes costs. Keeping in mind, failure to do something
about one's weakening health will have tragic consequences.

   
     Losing weight seems to be high on the list of why people want to exercise.
While fat does nothing beyond sitting there; muscle tissue burns calories
much faster than fat. Calories only burn with the combination of exertion
and time allotted to that strain. Through it all a rapid heart rate, with
quickened breathing, to achieve sought after reductions. Also, strength
training can tone your muscles and increase bone mass especially important
for women, who are frequently at risk for osteoporosis. Weight reduction is
in direct relation to energy spent multiplied by time allotted. Here are
three shortcut exercise suggestions:
     a. Park your car farther away from your destination than you normally do to
         give yourself extra walking time.
     b. If possible, take just 15 minutes before or after you eat lunch to go
         for a quick walk
     c.Exercising with a group puts peer pressure on all of us not to quit.

At work walk the halls briskly or go up and down the stairs to get your
blood pumping a little faster do it. Even though the weather is never
totally reliable you can still go to your nearest mall and walk briskly.
Add some fun to your routine try dancing, or dance classes. It's a great
way to socialize and exercise at the same time. According to the Women's
Sports Foundation. "Women who exercise report being happier than those who
do not exercise." Women who exercise miss fewer days of work. Regular
exercise can reduce high levels of fat in the blood. Women who exercise
weigh less than non-exercising women.
     The World Health Organization estimates that fewer than 30% of American
adults engage in some form of physical exercise on a daily basis. Whereas
nearly 60% of American youth manage to find the time for physical exertion;
to a sufficient level to constitute constructive physical activity helpful
to prolonged good health.

Once the fitness routine is properly mapped out and underway there is a new, healthier, addiction taking place. Doing well with what is natural. By all accounts, it is far cheaper and easier to
manage than pills and expensive medical advice. 

Another great way to include exercise into your life is to take dancing lessons. Dancing is great exercise and great fun. It can also help your self esteem by giving you confidence and is very sociable in that you need to dance with a partner. Perhaps you'll even meet new people doing this. So add some fun to your routine by dancing or consider taking beginner dance lessons.

     A 2002 study by The National Academy of Health showed teens were five times
more likely to engage in overuse of alcohol, drugs and crime than were
those who were already committed to a regular schedule of exercise.
Incidents of absenteeism at the work place decrease with programs of
employee fitness available.

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Exercise and Family

It's natural  to send kids outside to play during the warmer months.
In winter, you have to make more of a conscious effort. Don't let the
kids veg-out watching videos and tired, re-run television
shows all day during the weekends. Make exercise a family thing. Go skating, take a
winter hike or even a nice long walk. The cold fresh air will invigorate
everybody and make sleep a little easier too. Exercising regularly up to thirty minutes a day should help a troubled person fall asleep at night. You might not be able to do it every day, but
using your lunch hour for physical exercise a few times a week can be a
real time-saver. Just getting out and walking for 30 minutes can be a great energizer. If a longer lunch exercise session appeals to you, it might not be a bad idea to talk to your supervisor about it. You might get permission to do a serious workout at a health club if there's one nearby, a skating
rink, a basketball court, whatever if you're willing to make up the time at the end of the day; not a bad idea considering you won't need to rush home and exercise after work. See, I remembered how busy you are.

During holiday time people need to exercise as much as any other time of year if not more considering the added mental stress that holidays tend to bring. For those who stop exercising in the winter, and attempt to pick up when it gets warm are exposing themselves to the risk
of injury. In bad weather, little daylight, or during holiday periods, there's plenty of time for over indulgence; making it tempting to spend time under a blanket watching television and eating from a giant bowl of chips. Staying active gives a person not only more energy but the desire
to want more. Exercise should feel a little bit like work.
Challenge yourself in the following ways:
     a. Perform your activity more quickly than usual, or double the amount of
         time you usually devote to exercise.
     b. Add weight training to your routine.

Those who reason themselves out of a chance at improved health before
they begin are a sad lot indeed.
They blindly conjure countless reasons for doing nothing about their lasting problem of poor mental and physical health. How tragic it is when laziness wins out over correctness. Take a leisurely stroll through any hospital ward; where the occupants are literally dying for a chance to do what the lazy pass-up daily. Exercise helps when people feel down in the dumps

Once the new you is exercising you will soon realize that exercise makes
you feel better.
It is not your imagination. Make exercise a habit. Habits are hard to break bad ones and good ones. That's why you'll find it hard to get out of the habit of exercising once it has
become part of your routine. Tell yourself that for the next few months you are going to exercise on specific days week after week. After three months, you probably won't want to break this habit.

Good luck!

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