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An Exercise in Self-Esteem

Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself


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  • This is EXACTLY why I took up belly dance. My self-esteem and self confidence SOARED as I gained proficiency in belly dance movements. That was something that was missing from the treadmill workouts I was doing. Plus, I'm dropping inches like crazy! And, I've started to teach.
  • Excellent article, as always. It's so true that how you approach a new lifestyle and new way of thinking has a direct effect on the outcome. I've stopped hating my body, and have begun to appreciate all the things that it can do. It's never been about fitting in to a certain size pair of jeans, but it was always about finding fault. Now I can see things that my body does for me and that change in attitude has taken the pressure off to be perfect. I have no interest in perfection anymore; now I just aim for consistency and doing my best every day. And sometimes my best is having a lazy day to I allow it.
    im 39 and agree whole hearted with this article.Plus make the journey with family or friends because your ups and downs can be enjoyed or motivated more when you share.
  • I can always tell when I am reading one of your articles--It resonates in a very real way. Then I go back to the top to see who the author is and it's Coach Dean. Thank you for such meaningful communications.
  • Thank you for this wonderful article.It is well written and absolutely what I need to keep in mind.It explains a lot of what I am doing to myself and now how I can turn it around
  • I really loved this article. Thank goodness I learned this very early on with my exercise program. I also have SP to thank for that! Good Luck everyone!
  • I really enjoy this article. I don't think it can be read too much nor too often!
  • Wonderful article. I have found that with advancing age comes a better acceptance of my body and its ability. I still have moments of low self esteem but they are few and far between compared to when I was in my 20's, 30's and even 40's. Because my attitude has changed to one of acceptance I look better and feel better than when I was younger.

    I need to thank you for this article. In fact I have read it before, but every now and then it helps to re-read it. Knowing this, it occurred to me that I had yet to thank you for it. So, thank you. . . it helps to keep me focused on the 'right' reason to exercise .
    It seems as though you were able to see right to the heart of many of us. I thought I was alone in feeling the way I do about my body. I did not realize how "sick" this thinking is. It is no wonder, I have not been able to lose weight and keep it off. I go up and down, but my self-image is always negative. Thank you for the insight you have provided for me to work on these issues I have had my entire life and did not know how twisted my thinking was.
  • Great article, especially for someone who hates to exercise. I turned my attitude around because I learned how much exercise has to do with our brains and how healthy you are in later years. It scares me to death to have dimentia or some other "old people's brain". I always have felt better about myself as a person after exercise.
  • This article really hits home. I agree with Selkie2283... I look at pictures of myself before all this weight and wonder why i didn't feel good at the time.
    Weight loss really isn't about looks... Because if heavy women were considered more attractive, i think more women would be trying to gain weight.
    I want to feel good from inside out. I want to be able to be more active without losing my breath or my back hurting. I want to age gracefully and live everyday on this earth feeling with the best possible health.
    Whatever size i am really doesn't matter... Its my health and self satisfaction that matters the most.
    Thanks for this lovely article!
  • From past experience I know this article is correct - I started exercising today and will keep a positive attitude about it each day
  • Great message and exactly what I needed this week.
    Thank you!
  • What an awesome article! I see so many heartbreakingly negative attitudes about Self here on Spark People, so I'm glad to see this come out. I wish it was assigned reading! I can personally say that 80 lbs ago, I was convinced I was horribly fat. As the pounds kept stacking on, I'd look back at those photos and think "Geez, why wasn't I happy with that?! I was beautiful!" Each time I've gained more weight, I've looked at old pictures and thought, "I looked great then! What was I complaining about!" Finally I realized that my body is GREAT now, a great tool for doing great things, and with this attitude, I can work towards getting even better and better! Discontent and unhappiness robs TODAY of it's beauty and wonder, and you can never get that back. Happiness is now, and it's only going to get better and better!

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