Exercise is important to reduce stress physically and psychologically as it increases self-esteem, self-perception and improves motivation.
Benefits of strength training
Exercise provides significant benefits both psychologically and physiologically; it’s an opportunity for a break from the normal stress and activities in life – essentially time out for yourself.
Strength training helps increase the sense of self-efficacy and improves the perception of your physical self and physiologically it helps release endorphins that contribute to the feeling of relaxation that is experienced after a workout.
Exercise stimulates self-esteem
Some forms of ‘meditative’ movement such as running, cross-country skiing, swimming, cycling, require repetitive forms of exercise that can positively ‘alter’ a state of consciousness. They have a regulatory effect similar to that of meditation, which gives a feeling of calm and tranquillity.
Levels of self-esteem and self-efficacy are linked with the ability to cope with high levels of stress; exercise stimulates self-esteem and increases self-perception. It’s common to feel aware of the gain in terms of health, because you know that the activity is good for your body and mind.
Doing physical activity or getting involved with sports groups is great to make new acquaintances and friendships and good for psychological wellbeing and can help improve your self-image and self-esteem. If you make the activity a challenge, you’ll notice a boost to your confidence when you reach your goal.
Exercise reduces tension
Exercise changes muscle tone, reducing tension. When you’re stressed, muscles are tense and lose their normal tone at rest. Exercise forces muscles to work, so the stored stress energy is released. Even a short walk can help reduce somatic stress, and some types of back pain as well as headaches and neck pain.