This time of year we are often focused on losing pounds, toning up or slimming down. Drastic changes in body composition take time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel trimmer, more confident, and all around sexier today!
I don’t know about you, but I always feel more confident in my skin after a good sweat session. I obviously didn’t lose weight or go down a pant size during my workout, but it sure feels like I did. Feeling sexy is all about confidence, and that is where regular exercises comes into play. There is nothing like pushing your body to its limits for a real confidence booster.
When we use our bodies to do something productive like lift weights or go for a run we give ourselves permission to see our bodies as amazing machines that allow us to do the things we love. Our body is no longer a frame for our clothes, or something to be judge against the fitness models on the cover of a magazine. We get to look beyond the aesthetics of a tinny waist or chiseled abs, and see what are bodies truly are. They are uniquely our own, and they are capable of anything.
I’m sure by now you know that exercise releases those feel good chemicals in your brain. You have heard all about that runners high. And you may even be familiar with several studies that have shown exercise to be as effective as antidepressants when treating moderate depression. Did you know that depression lowers body esteem? That’s right, if you are feeling all around down, that feeling not surprisingly extends to your body image as well. Implementing a daily exercises routine will not only boost your mood, it will help you gain confidence and body satisfaction, now isn’t that worth making 20minutes a day?
A little goes a long way, all you need is 20minutes a day to up your confidence and give yourself a mood boost. In fact making a little time for exercise everyday goes a lot further than gurgling out a weekend warrior schedule. That’s right, timing is everything, in fact one study showed that individuals who had exercised that day handled stress better than those who had not, regardless of overall fitness level. You see exercise changes how our brains interact with the world. Exercise can actually makes us more resistant to stress. One study done on meek mice who exercised showed that they had more activity in the areas of their brains that process emotion, as compared to mice who did not exercises. While this study was done on mice it is likely that similar changes happen in our own brains as well. By changing our brains and how we interact with the world we are better able to handle stressful situations as they arise. It’s not just those neurotransmitters that make you more resilient, you are changing the way your brain functions and perceives the world by exercising.
Your body can not distinguish between different types of stress. Good stress, bad stress, or physical stress, they all activate the sympathetic nervous system, also known as your fight or flight response. That means weather you just got a big promotion at work, are under a deadline at school, or just finished a half marathon your body feels the weight of those stressors in the same way. While this can cause difficulties, such as not being able to handle a heavy training load during a hectic time for your family, there is also a positive side. You can train your body to handle stress. It is theorized that from a physiological stand point you can actually train your body how to handle stress through exercising. When you exercise regularly you are habitually testing your body’s ability to handle stress. You are teaching the nervous system, to communicate efficiently with the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. You are giving your body the opportunity to practice countering stress every day, and teaching it to do so more efficiently. That mean’s when real life stress that is out of your control comes into play you will be ready to handle it in stride. Being able to dominate stress, and feel in control of your life is empowering. And that is sexy.
So clear your morning schedule and practice some sun salutations, or go for a walk, it is that simple. You may be surprised to find you see the rest of your day in a new light. Just remember exercise benefits every cell in your body, we were made to move, so get out there and feel sexy today!
What about exercises makes you feel sexy? Leave your response in the comments below!
Today I am linking up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday, check out her site for more fitness inspired posts!