The problem I have with the current trend of 'love your body', 'nothing is impossible', 'live every day as if it’s your last' quotes, is that it’s not real! It may sell a lot of pink singlets, but it’s not real.
The reality is: today is most probably NOT going to be your last day, there are a LOT of things that are impossible and the majority of people (if they’re being totally honest) do NOT love their body.
Unfortunately it’s not a case of being able to wear a motivational singlet and all of a sudden you have a healthy self-esteem (although this may be of some assistance). Like everything else, self-esteem is something that needs work and the only one that can work on it is YOU!
So how do you improve your self-esteem? Numerous research studies have found that exercise and healthy eating have a huge impact on an individual’s self esteem and perceived self worth. Here are a few tips to get you started on your self esteem journey:
1. Find some exercise that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy ANY exercise then that’s just too bad – you’re going to have to MAKE yourself do it. Remember this is reality and sometimes we just have to do things that we don’t like to do… this is one of those things.
2. Organise a fitness plan. Get a timetable for the week and plan when you are going to exercise, then stick to it rain hail or shine. Excuses are not going to build your self-esteem.
3. Get a good support network. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself and move you toward achieving your goals.
4. Eat healthy fresh, unprocessed foods. It’s not rocket science, it’s not a diet, there’s no supplements required, it’s just good old common sense eating.
5. Sign up for our SBF Lifestyle challenge starting in June:
If you want to feel good about yourself, take the initiative to do something about it. Something as simple as a 20 min walk a day can work wonders.