Engaging in fitness activity has long been known as an ideal ‘remedy’ to many body confidence concerns. While staying fit might not entirely alleviate all negative thoughts surrounding body image, exercising works in a multitude of ways to uplift our confidence levels through various mechanisms, both physical and mental. In this article, we explore how the benefits of exercise also have a positive influence on body confidence. Exercise reduces a variety of health complications associated with ageing, obesity and stress, though many people still struggle to stick to a regular fitness routine.
As we know, not all body confidence worries are based solely on our physical appearance. While how we look can play a major role in how we perceive our own bodies, some of our misguided perceptions are often rooted in our thoughts. Self-depreciating thoughts based on negative self-image can even be the result of struggles we experience with our mental health. Regular exercise reduces the risk of psychosocial problems, decline and distress by reducing the physical and psychological symptoms of stress, which we'll discuss in further detail below. Exercise also limits the prevalence, symptoms and severity of mental illnesses, some of which can cause the problems we have with self-esteem and body confidence in the first place.
As we exercise, it’s common to notice the profound influence that focusing on fitness has on our attitudes to body confidence.
One of the most notable physical improvements regarding exercise, specifically with relevance to cultivating additional self-confidence, is the impact it has on our weight and muscular structure. Exercise enhances our metabolic rate, aiding with fat burning mechanisms in the body and helping with weight control. It helps us maintain lean body weight, flexibility, a full range of movement, and adequate physical function over time.
Another element to consider in determining how exercise improves body confidence is the concept of ageing. While it’s an altogether natural process, the thought of our bodies ageing and becoming less conventionally ‘attractive’ is a matter of concern and anxiety for many. Exercise, however, is frequently touted for its role in helping maintain a youthful appearance and experience. Alongside reducing obesity, exercise reduces the risk of certain conditions that lower life expectancy and add years to our appearance.
When these medical conditions do present themselves, they are often related to natural ageing processes combined with the prolonged complications that emerge as the result of sedentary lifestyles – frequently with little focus on healthy eating and exercise. Once age-related diseases and medical issues do arise, they can have extremely damaging effects on our health that further exacerbates the diminished confidence we have in our bodies as we grow older.
Exercise reduces the risk of health complications that can have significant consequences on our body confidence.
Regular exercise can negate the risk of these medical problems as we age, thus helping us lead a more youthful life, while retaining our capacity for fitness and movement despite growing older - and therefore improving body confidence!
Exercise is renowned for its stress-reducing advantages. When we're excessively stressed for prolonged periods of time, our bodies react accordingly and this results in damage to our organs. Becoming unwell or developing disease as the result of stress leads to diminished self-confidence, as we begin to lose faith in how well our bodies function and feel failed by them as a result.
The damage to our bodies caused by elevated stress over time can have a significant impact on our body confidence and self-esteem. Alongside this, having low body confidence can cause stress in itself, creating almost a cycle of continued stress and anxiety if we don't get enough of the physical and mental benefits associated with exercise.
Reducing stress and its complications alone can have a significant positive impact on both our mental and physical health, and this is often achieved with regular exercise.
We can't think of a better way to stick to a dedicated fitness routine than by joining a new gym... GSquared Health Clubs, Manchester’s most prestigious gym and health club facility, is set to launch this month. Understanding just how much keeping fit really does enhance your body confidence, we’ve teamed up with them in offering exclusive Remedy discounts for their members. Each GSquared member gets a 15% discount off the entire Remedy Kitchen menu.
If you’d like to become a GSquared Clubs member, bear in mind that this is the ideal time to do so. They’re currently in the pre-sale phase before opening on the 31st May! After this cut off point, it’s unlikely that memberships will be left, as they are capped at just 800 despite the health club’s size. This means GSquared can adhere to only the best possible quality of service, giving each individual member 4 in-depth consultations per year and enhancing the time that they do spend in the gym on a similar level; never having to wait around for equipment.
Secure your spot in the UK’s most luxe gym now if you don’t want to miss the chance. There are a variety of options available, from booking a VR tour with the team, to having a friendly chat over the phone. You can call the team on 0161 669 4562 now.
Another impressively effective way to improve your body confidence is to eat healthily. When we respect our bodies with good food, our thoughts are more likely to respect them too. Serving up our perfectly healthy and nutritious dishes, we were glad to open up the Remedy Kitchen restaurant in Manchester for outdoor terrace seating on the 4th of May.
We’re also set to open for indoor seating in the restaurant on the 17th ofMay. If you’d like to book a table with us, make sure you get in fast! Our customers have been waiting for the much-anticipated re-opening of our restaurant for a while now, and we’ve missed seeing all your friendly faces.