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Thursday, 29 March 2012
Everyone knows how good running is for you physically. But running has also been found to help people with low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is found in people who are overall negative about life, feel that they have no goals, are usually depressed and just generally has an overall low opinion of themselves. Beginning a running program can help people to get over these feelings.
This happens when they first become a runner and start losing weight and getting their body in shape. Many people who are overweight do suffer from low self-esteem. As they start running and losing weight, they start feeling better about themselves. And, when you feel good about yourself, it builds your self-esteem.
Also, when they start getting their body weight down and getting in shape, they gain confidence that they may not have had before.
This confidence is also happens when runners have a goal and work hard until they achieve it. This can be as simple as running a mile without stopping – or completing in their first 5K road race. They had a goal and met the goal. And, the wonderful thing is that this newfound confidence will flow into other areas of their life.
Running also makes people get out the door and focus on something other than themselves and their problems. Do you know anyone who just sits around and complains about all that is wrong with their lives? Running helps them get over these depressing mindsets.
It also gives them a distraction from worrying about the future and everything that is wrong in their lives and the world. Having a focus on their running and their running goals helps them to be able to function better in life and to get over their depression.
People with low self-esteem are usually not as happy overall as those with high self-esteem. Runners (due to those wonderful endorphins that are released when you run) are generally always happy and in a good mood.
As you can see there are many ways that running helps those that are suffering from low self-esteem. From feeling better about their body – to accomplishing goals that they set for themselves – to the overall general positiveness comes as a byproduct of running, low self-esteem doesn’t have a chance to stick around.
So, if you know of someone who is suffering from low self-esteem – or maybe you are yourself – get a running program started. See the difference it makes!
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