Multifaceted rewards stem from pleasurable fitness endeavors. In this chapter, the focus is on how regular exercise contributes to mental health, confidence, and self-esteem. Stimulating activity benefits your sense of well-being both daily and long term. Enjoyable exercise experiences help you feel better about yourself in many different ways. Being fit contributes to your emotional wellness and ability to cope with stress. It also increases your mental vitality as well as your physical stamina to better meet life’s challenges.
Don’t you want to exercise and eat in a way that is personally meaningful? If you engage in particular fitness activities only because of peer or family influence you will probably discontinue these activities in the absence of sustained social pressure. Moreover, without a sense of freedom you are much less apt to derive lasting psychological benefits. Your sense of well-being is enhanced when you feel in control of how you exercise and eat.
There is a powerful connection between pursuing personally valued activities and feeling good about yourself. Whether focusing on short- or-long term consequences, researchers have found consistent relationships between regular exercise and various measures of psychological well-being. Your confidence will thrive from a lifelong commitment to keeping fit. Getting in better shape is strongly associated with mental health. Even if you reach a fitness plateau,