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5 Tips for Building Confidence in (And Outside Of) the Gym

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Tap into your potential and build your self-worth.
by Lindsay Tigar

Some of the benefits of exercise are obvious — your energy levels are higher, your blood pressure is lower and you sleep more soundly. Others aren't quite as glaring, but are arguably more important.

Without necessarily being conscious of it, when you go to the gym, you're building confidence with each rep and run. While it's normal to hope to see results when you work out, the good vibes and energy you reap from those sweat sessions will actually make you happier.

Here are five tips for tapping into your own potential to build your sense of self-worth, both in and outside of the gym.

1. Focus on How You're Feeling

The last time you ran for a full 10 minutes, how did you feel? Motivated, accomplished, impassioned — right? It's these adjectives that are most important to focus on. That's why a required part of building confidence is changing your inner dialogue to focus on inward tenacity. Whether you jot down notes after each workout or close your eyes and tune-in during your cooldown period, this can help you focus on your spirit and strengthen the connection between those positive vibes and the work you do at the gym.

2. Reward Yourself With Clothes That Make You Feel Great

It's normal to wear out your sweats and sneakers (literally) along your fitness journey. Rewarding yourself with new athletic wardrobe basics is another way of building confidence.

How so? When you walk out of the dressing room in an outfit that makes you feel stellar, your attitude, mood and energy will translate into your actions, aura and body language. Give it a try and see for yourself.

3. Watch Everyday Tasks Become Easier

If carrying 10 bags of groceries up four flights of stairs used to be an impossible prospect, but now you complete this everyday task without needing a break, that's reason to celebrate! There's something empowering about getting stronger with each passing week. This can help chores that used to be cumbersome take on a new, positive meaning.

Every time you notice a change, give yourself props. With this new esteem, you're more likely to try new activities because you believe in your ability to complete them. Whenever presented with a new situation, you'll be able to face it head-on with less hesitance.

4. Snap Some Selfies

It can sometimes be difficult to see how much you're progressing if you don't keep a record. That's why a selfie journal can be helpful. At the end of each week, take the same photo in the same spot in your home and then write down all of the feelings you've had throughout the week. Wearing the same outfit each time you snap a selfie can also help you track your progress, as you'll be able to see how the clothes fit you week by week.

As you page through this book in a few months, you'll be amazed at your progress (both physically and emotionally). If you're inspired, post your journey to Planet of Triumphs — an online community dedicated to celebrating wins both big and small. Your fellow members will give you an added dose of support and encouragement.

5. Enlist Buddies

You already know there's a benefit to having a strong workout community, but what about a self-esteem boosting pal? If there's someone in your in life who's willing to trade daily pep talks, ask them to tag along on your journey.

Each day, you can send each other motivational quotes, applaud one another on your growth and function as each other's "rose-colored glasses." With another person in your corner, you won't lose sight of the holistic importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

As always, please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program. See full medical disclaimer here.