The typical picture of a college student is a person who sits around all day and does nothing but their homework and watch Netflix (or something like that). Now, I know this is not true for everyone, but I know that I fit into this picture every once in a while when I am stressed with school and everything that life throws at me.
By finding a little sliver of motivation to pause your favorite show and go to the gym, you can increase your self-esteem, which includes looking good, feeling strong, and having a positive attitude.
When I go to the gym I only think about the different things that I can do to improve my body and health. I never really thought about the gym as a way to help my mental health, until now.
I found this article from Live Strong that explained why exercise is a good thing when it comes to one’s self-esteem.
When you’re at the gym, cardio isn’t the only thing that you can do to help boost your mood. According to this article, you can also strength train.
I know what you’re thinking.
Lifting weights? How is that suppose to make me feel positive?
But it will! Not only will lifting weights help strengthen your body, but it also helps you shed fat and tone up.
I came across a Livestrong article that showed some positive things that can result from weight-lifting. Your confidence and self-esteem will improve each time that you lift weights. Most of us (at least I know that I was) lack in our confidence when it comes to our body image and lifting weights can help change our physical appearance (that’s a plus!).
According to this online article, “When middle-aged women participated in a strength-training program twice a week for 12 weeks they reported having a better attitude about their physical self, felt happier and healthier.”
Becoming leaner isn’t the only thing that can result from weight-lifting. I found an article that explains the emotional benefits that can occur from weightlifting, as well.
The Livestrong article talked about how endorphins are released from the brain and how this chemical can create a feeling of happiness. This chemical is usually released when a person is weightlifting because our bodies think that this type of a workout is a stressful event and that we lift weights to relieve this stress. Once the workout is done, it is said that you will feel happier because of the endorphins that were released during the workout.
I never thought that weight-lifting would be something that I might consider doing, but now that I know the benefits of lifting weights I think that I might try it out.
I always find myself working out in an attempt to lose weight or to reduce my stress (because let’s face it, college is stressful), but I’ve realized that losing weight isn’t going to help me get a positive body image. Being strong is.
By lifting weights, people can be stronger and help their body unleash it’s full potential (because a strong body is a healthy body).
Everyone can have a positive body image for themselves, it’s just up to them on how they do it. Will it be weight-training? Who knows!