When you think of confidence what comes to mind? The dictionary defines it as a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s abilities or qualities. Some people when they think of confidence think of cockiness and whereas this can be true of some people, having a certain level of confidence is healthy.
In today’s world, many women feel that the physical standards for a woman are difficult to attain. There’s a precedent that has been set that can make you feel like if you don’t look like Beyoncé or Jennifer Aniston, then your body is not beautiful or ideal. Feeling like you’re not society’s ideal body type couldn’t be further from the truth! The fact is women come in all different shapes and sizes, and there’s no such thing as one body type.
If you’re struggling with self-confidence, it’s okay to admit so. With “skinny” women plastered all over TV, magazines, and even on CD covers, it’s hard not to get down on yourself. But if you take a look at these women in real life you’ll find that no one is perfect.
One way women can feel confident in their own skin is finding fitness classes that they enjoy. Trying something new, challenging yourself, and gradually getting good at and enjoying a fitness class can improve your self-confidence. Furthermore, it’ll be fun and a great way to get rid of pent up energy and stress.
Fitness Classes to Try
• Martial arts can strengthen and tone your entire body and help you feel confident in your own skin. Not to mention you can learn practical skills that could be beneficial for potential attacks (heaven forbid). Break through your limits by attending class and perhaps even trying a coach! Women’s kickboxing classes are one form of martial arts that not only burns fat but gives you serious confidence with every kick and punch!
• Have you ever tried Zumba? Zumba is an incredible workout that will help you burn some serious calories. But more than that, if you love to dance and get to know new people, this is the type of workout for you. Dance to some of your favorite tunes and you won’t even realize how many calories you’ve burned. Even if you don’t know how to dance, it’s fun to burn up a sweat with some great people!
• If you’ve ever been to a Pilates class, then you probably know it’s challenging, but in a good way! Pilates dramatically transforms how your body performs, feels, and looks. It’s a strength training fitness regime that can help you get a sleek, toned body. Regularly attending Pilates can also help with back pain and, of course, give you self-confidence.
• High-intensity workouts are another fantastic way to get fit and stay confident. If you like high-intensity workouts with an oomph then why not give CrossFit a try? This core strength and conditioning program works you mentally and physically, and it’s worth it!