One way to raise your self-esteem is to exercise

Exercise is a great way to lose weight and get fit, but did you know that exercise can also make you happier, help you handle stress better, reduce anxiety and raise your self-esteem?

When you exercise, your pituitary gland releases endorphins, the hormones that make you feel good. Research has been done on the effectiveness of endorphins, and the results show that endorphins are just as effective as anti-depressants when it comes to making you feel good.

Think about it for a moment: after a good workout, whether it’s in a gym or out jogging, how do you feel? Are you happier? Do you feel good? Do you feel less stressed? Hours later, do you find that you sleep better and deeper?

And the great thing is when you feel happier when you feel good and less stressed your level of self-esteem increases.

Exercise can dramatically affect your attitude in a positive way. Studies have shown that by jogging, brisk walking or even gardening outside you can change your attitude, even if you jogged slowly for five minutes.

Many of us are aware of the numerous benefits we gain from exercising, yet few take action in the long term and stick to an exercise routine. The simplest way to get started is to find an exercise that you enjoy or may enjoy doing.

For example, try brisk walking in a park, one that is full of exciting plants and flowers, lakes and ducks, or running on a treadmill looking out of the window onto a panoramic view of a luscious landscape, perhaps cycling on a path leading to a relaxing picnic area or a nursery, or join an exercise class like yoga or pilates and meet people along the way. Experiment and find out what exercise routine excites you.

Once you identify the exercise that you can see yourself sticking to for a few weeks, or even longer, decide how many times a week you will perform the routine. Remember, you can start slowly and for short periods of time and gradually build on them.

You can start with, say, slow jogging for three minutes at a time two days a week. The following week increase that two minutes to three minutes. Continue this way until you reach forty minutes to one hour. Then you can, if you want to, exercise for four days a week then maybe five.

The important thing to remember is, as a beginner, to start an exercise routine and build on it gradually. The big mistake some people do is they try to do too much too quickly and end up quitting not long after they started. This can give them the, ‘I’m a failure’feeling and can lower their self-esteem, making them feel bad about themselves.

Do your best to fit exercise in your life. Feel better, look better, feel happier, have higher self-esteem, and have a great attitude about life. And that’s for starters. Try it out and see and feel the benefits for yourself.