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Why do GIRLS WHO LIFT have Higher Self-Esteem and Confidence?

If you’ve ever suffered from low self-esteem, you know how difficult it can be to find something that works to effectively boost your confidence. You might have found a temporary fix in putting on some happy music or rocking your favorite outfit to work. But at the end of the day, you’re still left with low self-esteem and poor self-image.

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Want to know the secret that tons of women are discovering to boost their self-esteem and getting long-lasting results? It might surprise you to know that it’s weightlifting. Regular strength training can do more than improve your physical health. It can elevate your overall wellness and improve your mental health, too.

Check out these five ways weightlifting can raise your self-esteem and give your well-being a powerful boost.

Tap into Those Endorphins to Get Happy

According to Livestrong, “Endorphins are chemicals released from the brain, which stimulate feelings of happiness. Often, they are released when we are happy, such as when laughing. Or, after periods of stress, like weightlifting, as a way of relieving the stress. When you finish a weightlifting session, you may feel happy, relaxed, and proud of the work you have accomplished due to the release of endorphins.”

You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to experience a rush of endorphins. A quick weightlifting session can be just the tipping point you need to snap out of that low self-esteem funk. Feeling good is the first step to feeling better about yourself.

Build Emotional Strength

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It’s not always all about that beach bod. According to BeachBody.com, “Being strong is also empowering. Not only does it improve your physical activities, it builds emotional strength by boosting low self-esteem and confidence.”

Workouts can be disproportionately focused on the physical results and sculpting the perfect physique. (Sure, who doesn’t want the perfect booty?) We often overlook how the physical activity can affect your emotional self, too. When you push yourself in the gym, it’s a win-win for your body and your mind. Feeling physically empowered can do wonders for your low self-esteem and confidence.

Improve Your Body Image

Crossfit Invictus says, “Studies have shown that women who either had or were at high risk of developing an eating disorder generally report a decrease in anxiety and depression when they participated in a weightlifting program.”

For most women, the relationship we have with our bodies can be a complicated one. And, it’s certainly not limited to just the physical. The way we see ourselves, feel about our bodies, and the messages we consume from society and the media can play a strong role in our overall mental wellness. Weightlifting can be a powerful tool for creating a healthier body image and building a better relationship with our bodies.

Feel Empowered and Confident

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Growing Naturals points out that, “It’s not just strength and muscle you’ll gain from weight lifting. You’ll likely notice your confidence soar as well. Weight lifting increases functional strength, which allows you to complete every day activities easier over time. There’s just something empowering about being able to pick up your kids, grab an armful of groceries, and even open your own lid on a jar of tomato sauce.”

On a very real, day to day level, lifting weights can empower you to feel like a badass woman. Who doesn’t want to be able to carry all the groceries upstairs in one trip? Or carry all the supplies from the break room to the conference room like a pro? When you have the physical strength to do things on your own, you suddenly feel super competent. And, that can carry over into all other aspects of your life, too.

Build Mental Strength

Allison Hagendorf at Ace Fitness said, “I currently work out several times a week and focus on getting stronger. Each time I strive to lift heavier, I not only get stronger physically, but I build mental muscle as well. I continue to surpass any limits I had been placing on myself, and have been hitting new personal records each week.”

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Building mental strength can give your low self-esteem and confidence a huge boost that will have long lasting effects. As you challenge yourself physically in the gym, you are also challenging yourself mentally to overcome the self-deprecating beliefs you have about your abilities. The more you prove to yourself that you can do it in the gym, the more that attitude will filter into the rest of your life.

So what do you say? Are you ready to hit the gym and get to work raising your low self-esteem?  And don’t forget to check out GIRLS WHO LIFT for all the fitness apparel you need to lift in style.

Do you lift? What benefits to your self-esteem have you experienced?

Feature photo: Androu De Vera / Courtesy GIRLS WHO LIFT

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