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  • Writer's pictureGregory D. Hamilton

Fitness Builds Confidence

How Fitness Builds Confidence at Any Age

Confidence comes with age sometimes. It is one of the great rewards of this time of life.

Maybe you have raised a beautiful family and enjoyed a successful career, and rightfully feel strong about your achievements and standing.

But for some, it is easy to feel insecure about our bodies and physical activity – to feel “less than” others when it comes to exercise and health.

So, let’s turn that around and discuss how fitness builds confidence at any age, including yours.

Principles of Living Well

I believe in the principles of healthy aging, inside and out. I know how hard it can be to feel truly confident in your skin after 50 or so – and lost in a world that constantly overlooks you or says you’re past your prime. You start to tell yourself maybe you really are too old to exercise, or too overweight, or too… too... SOMEHOW, not enough to maintain the strength, endurance, and agility you need to live the life you want to live.

But here's the thing. YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH. And you have the power to break free from all that negativity, both from within and from the world around you.

Because this could be the best time of your life.

Fitness Builds Confidence

Fitness over 50 makes us feel better about ourselves, and it leads to further healthy habits and positive action. For instance:

Improved body image: When we exercise regularly, we lose weight, build muscle, and decrease pain. This leads to a more positive body image and, yes, more confidence.

Increased energy levels: Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. We feel more energized and positive.

Sense of accomplishment: When we set fitness goals and achieve them, even “small” ones, we feel capable, and we are reminded that we truly can do what we set our minds to do.

Improved mental health: Exercise improves mental health, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Your mood improves, and you feel better about everything, including yourself.

A Few Basic Tips

If you are new to fitness, find an activity you enjoy at a convenient location. Remember, if you need help developing a plan, call me, and let's figure it out together.

Set realistic goals, reward your successes, and bring a friend, join a group training session, or use a personal trainer. Accountability helps!

Work out for strength, endurance, and agility – all three! Don’t shrug off strength training. It is a miracle drug as we age.

Finally, remember to celebrate your uniqueness as you find how fitness builds confidence at any age. You are to this point in life because you are your own special, fabulous, WORTHY person. There is no need to compare yourself to younger models, fitter folks, or even your own past.

That means you banish negative self-talk and thoughtless ageism.

• That means you practice gratitude and support others.

• That means you throw out the scale – because confidence isn’t based on one measly number.

Neither is your health.

Let’s go! You got this.

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