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Does Increasing Fitness Increase Self-Respect?

By: Laure Justice

Making an effort to increase your fitness level can boost your mood, give you a taste of success (especially if you don’t give up) and can help you boost your sense of self-respect.

Increasing Fitness to Increase Self-Respect
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“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

The Link Between Fitness and Self-Respect

Your sense of self-respect comes from within, and while self-respect and confidence are not technically linked to your physical characteristics, allowing your body to fall into an unhealthy state is a sign of low self-esteem and low self-respect.

“Confidence has nothing to do with what you look like. If you obsess over that, you’ll end up being disappointed in yourself all the time. Instead, high self-esteem comes from how you feel in any moment. So walk into a room acting like you’re in charge, and spend your energy on making the people around you happy.” – Marian Seldes

Increase Fitness Levels to Increase Self-Respect

You know yourself better than anyone else does, so take advantage of that self-knowledge when beginning a fitness program so you can make a success of it.

For example, if you know you won’t go to a gym to work out if it’s inconvenient or if you feel like trim athletic people are watching you, find a safe place to walk or jog, or lift weights in the privacy of your bedroom. 

Also, if you know you overeat or make poor food choices when you skip breakfast, make it easy on yourself by getting some granola bars or yogurt you can eat in a hurry  so you don’t go crazy and eat a couple of Big Macs and some mega-fries for dinner.

“Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don’t wait for anyone to praise you.” – Jack Canfield

Break your emotional connection between the things you view as negative in your physical state, like being unfit, by making it easy to succeed in becoming fit.  Each little success means you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for doing something positive for yourself –

Each little success means you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for doing something positive for yourself – so don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you’re doing great.

(Really – people can be jerks – so focus on what you think of yourself – and don’t be a jerk to yourself!)

KNOW you are making positive steps and let the positivity be something you embrace and your sense of self-respect will increase right along with your fitness level.