Get Moving! The Link Between Physical Activity and Self-Esteem

Good sleep is a very important part of staying healthy, but so is exercise.  Many teens enjoy sitting around and playing video games or just “hanging out” with their friends. This is fine and actually quite natural for the age group, but movement is important too.  Get outside and go for a walk, ride your skateboard or join a sports team.  Exercise gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing, which causes chemical to release in the brain.  These chemicals are natural mood enhancers that help make you feel good. So get moving, it helps promote healthy self-esteem.

There is actually a link between exercise and self-esteem beyond the “feeling good” aspect.  Teens that are trained athletes and/or play on sports teams tend to have higher self-esteem.  There is something very powerful in pushing oneself further that you expect you can go to really make you realize what you are made of.  The concept of being part of a team and striving toward something together creates a sense of belonging and pride, kind of like a family. Also, trying a new physical challenge can be a huge confidence builder. Like rock climbing a wall for the first time and getting to the top or training for a race with a friend or sister and actually following through.  Finishing something that you started can create such a sense of accomplishment that you won’t be able to not be proud of yourself. This ultimately will boost your self-esteem and make you look at yourself a little differently.

So get your family and friends involved.  Challenge them to try something new or have them train with you. Having a good support system like a team or simply a good friend is key.

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About Carol Langlois
Dr Carol is a former University Dean and Associate Provost, trained therapist, researcher, educational consultant and writer. During her training, she counseled hundreds of clients in one-on-one sessions as well as in group settings where her work was with college freshman dealing with transitional and developmental issues on campus. Her primary research focus is female self-esteem development among teens. Her published dissertation “The effects of single gender versus coeducational environments on the self-esteem development and academic competence of high school females” focused on 15 year old girls in the Bay Area where her research findings showed disturbingly low levels of self-esteem across the board. This staggering discovery has led her to further research this topic. She is working on her second book called Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies and Body Image, which is a compilation of interviews with teens girls on the topic of self-esteem while offering an effective and practical system designed to RAISE (Resilience, Attitude, Independence, Self-Respect and Empowerment) teen self-esteem. In addition, she runs groups for non-profits interested in adding self-esteem training into their overall mission. carol@dr-carol.com

One Response to Get Moving! The Link Between Physical Activity and Self-Esteem

  1. Pingback: Join the Woman Challenge – Commit to Physical Activities for at least 6 weeks « Health and Medical News and Resources

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