Bodyweight exercises will get you stronger and fitter than ever before, and have proved particularly beneficial in helping people overcome issues of low self-esteem.
Self-esteem is something that many of us suffer from at some time or other and ironically low self-esteem frequently discouarages many people from taking the very actions that they need to take to overcome the illusion of low self-esteem.
Here’s the truth. We all come from one source, call it God, Allah or whatever you choose, and we are all the same, “all as good as each other.” Self-esteem is a myth. Know that you are worthwhile, worthy and loved.
For some they may know this, or have heard it and can accept it intellectually, but they still have the same feelings or inferiority. One of the most effective ways to change your “feelings” is to do something different and for this reason bodyweight exercises are tremendous.
Bodyweight exercises get you off your butt, and get you into motion forcing you to breathe more, getting more life giving oxygen into your body, and helping you to expel any toxins. Most people, yes even women can only really focus on one thing at a time, and if you’re trying to remember how many burpees you’re on at the same time as doing them, then you don’t got time to be depressed.
Ultimately they make you feel good, and by making bodyweight exercises a habit then you start having those good feelings which will attract more good feelings. When you combine this with starting to feel fitter and stronger than ever before, plus a huge surge in both energy and enthusiasm levels then it won’t be long before low self-esteem becomes just a memory.
Here’s a short bodyweight exercise routine to help you get started –
1) take 10 deep breaths, and as you breathe in allow your stomach to relax out and fill it with oxygen. Then as you breathe out, pull your belly button toward your spine with your abdominal muscles. That’s 10 deep breaths in and out,
2) jog on the spot for 2 minutes, bringing your knees up high if you can,
3) assisted push-ups – we want to build some stamina with this exercise, so assume the regular push-up position, except drop your knees to the ground and push-up from here. Do this exercise to exhaustion,
4) free squats – stand up straight with your feet pointing forward and knees slightly flexed. As you breathe out lower your butt toward the floor as though preparing to sit down, and then rise up powerfully breathing in. Again, build stamina and repeat to exhaustion.
Repeat 3 times.
By the way another word for stamina is “energy” and we all like energy. Before you know it, you’ll be bouncing with energy and enthusiasm.
Remember self-esteem is a myth. You are as good as everyone else, and can have whatsoever you desire.