How to Increase Your Self-esteem

Lucy Miller

by Lucy Miller

A Fitness and Nutrition Expert

Exercise can work wonders for your self-esteem. Even if you don’t feel like going to the gym or going for a jog, those feel-good endorphins released by physical exercise can make such a difference to your mood and confidence.

And if it feels too daunting to start with then why not set small, realistic goals? Even the tiniest accomplishments can help to boost your self-esteem, so set modest, short-term goals for yourself. Try turning your bigger targets into smaller, more tangible goals. Always hoped to run half a marathon? Start by challenging yourself to a 5K, then move up from there.

Other great ways to boost your self-esteem are to: 

Reward yourself regularly. 
If you don't stop and recognise your achievements every once in a while, you're missing out on crucial opportunities for self-assurance. Been to the gym four times this week? Treat yourself to a new gym top or a water bottle. Those little acknowledgements will build up and serve as a regular reminder of how great you are.

Get plenty of Z's. 
Sleep is also vital. If you're exhausted and run-down, your mood — and your confidence will take a hit. You need energy to be social and productive, so try to avoid burnout by balancing your workouts and work life with plenty of Rest and Recovery.

And lastly:

Surround yourself with positive people. 
Moods and attitudes can be contagious, so if you're hoping to boost your self-esteem, it's important to keep confident company. Find a cool new Personal Trainer who can keep you on the straight and narrow in the gym or find a new gym buddy, who compliments you and helps make the gym a fun place to me.  And always steer clear of the Debbie Downers: people who are constantly rattling off their insecurities will only prompt you to acknowledge yours. They have no room in your life and will only drag you down.


Lucy Miller

Lucy Miller is a fitness and nutrition advisor (, and Fitness Editor at Health & Fitness Magazine. She holds fitness qualifications from NASM Training and Premier Training International.

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