Exercise is important for reducing physical and psychological stress, as it improves motivation, and increases self-esteem and self-perception.
The benefits of strength training
Exercise has significant psychological and physiological benefits; it’s an opportunity to take a break from the normal stress and activities of everyday life (time set aside for yourself).
Strength training helps increase an individual's self-perception and sense of self-efficacy, while at the same time promoting the release of endorphins, which contribute to the sense of relaxation experienced after a workout.
Exercise stimulates self-esteem
Certain forms of ‘meditative’ movement, such as running, cross-country skiing, swimming, and cycling, require repetitive forms of exercise that can positively ‘alter’ an individual's state of consciousness. They have a regulatory effect similar to that of meditation, which provides a sense of calm and tranquility.
An individual's levels of self-esteem and self-efficacy are directly linked to their ability to cope with high levels of stress; exercise stimulates self-esteem and increases self-perception. It’s common to feel an awareness of the health benefits, because we know that the activity is good for our body and mind.
Doing physical activity and getting involved with sports groups are great ways to meet new people and make new friends, while at the same time increasing your psychological wellbeing and improving your self-image and self-esteem. What's more, if you see the activity as a challenge, you’ll enjoy a significant confidence boost once you reach your goal.
Exercise reduces tension
Exercise transforms muscle tone, thus reducing tension. When you’re stressed, your muscles are tense and lose their normal tone while at rest. Exercise forces the muscles to work, thus releasing the accumulated stress energy. Even just a short walk can help reduce somatic stress, as well as certain types of back pain, headaches and neck pain.