Exercise and Confidence

Updated: May 3

Regular exercise and movement provide us with many mental and physical benefits. One benefit of exercises that is sometimes overlooked is the self-confidence we gain. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines self-confidence as, “confidence in oneself and in one's powers and abilities.” Self-confidence is important and can help us in so many aspects of our lives.

According to Psychology Today, “Self-confidence is linked to almost every element involved in a happy and fulfilling life.” Psychology Today also explains that more self-confidence means:

  1. Less fear and anxiety

  2. Greater motivation

  3. More resilience

  4. Improved relationships

  5. Stronger sense of your authentic self

Exercise and working out are great ways to improve self-confidence and boost our self-esteem. When it comes to the confidence that exercise brings, it goes beyond just the confidence we feel when we see physical changes happening to our bodies. It can come from sticking to a routine, challenging yourself, accomplishing goals, and appreciating yourself for all that your body can do.

Many of us can agree that completing a tough workout or a long hike for example leaves us empowered and proud of ourselves. It makes us want to move on to a new goal to take on.

Moving your body and exercising is a way to push yourself and try new things. When completing goals and challenging ourselves we are able to appreciate ourselves and all that our body is capable of. It's amazing what our bodies can do when we continue to work out regularly and push ourselves to try new things.

Challenging yourself can look like this:

  1. Running your fastest mile

  2. Mastering a new yoga skill

  3. Completing a new hike

  4. Pushing yourself just a little bit more than the day before

  5. Trying a new form of exercise you haven’t done before

An article by Excellence in Fitness talks about a few ways that exercise can boost self-esteem.

“In addition to building physical strength, exercise can improve mental health. It's been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and negative moods as well as alleviate low self-esteem and social withdrawal. In place of these negative emotions, exercise boosts self-esteem and cognitive function,” the article states.

There are endless possibilities and ways to master new skills and complete goals that we set for ourselves. When we do this, it then makes us more appreciative of what our bodies can do, which can help to boost self-confidence and self-appreciation. Finding self-confidence can be a difficult task for many individuals, but exercise can help many of us reach it.

Completing workouts and challenges that make us feel proud and accomplished can boost our self-confidence and leave us feeling proud of our bodies and what they can do.


By Julianna Michell Strano

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