Benefits of Sports • Women & Self Esteem

by Dr. Mauraine Carlier

We all have days when we can’t bear the thought of pulling on our gear and pounding the streets or going to the gym. We’re human: sometimes we can’t wait to get out the door and get a sweat on, but then there are days when the thought of exercise fills us with fear and dread.

Sadly, research has shown that it is even harder for many women, who feel a lack of self confidence when it comes to exercise. Research has shown that women feel they are judged more on appearance than ability, which can have a major impact on your self esteem.(1)

Go out there and exercise with confidence

A number of campaigns across the world have done an amazing job of showing that women of any age or size can play sports. From Always’ “Like A Girl” to Sport England’s landmark “This Girl Can”, the message is clear: there is no sport that is out of bounds for you. You don’t have to be super-thin to enjoy running, or really muscly to enjoy lifting weights, it’s your workout, and your choice.

The negative effects of social media are often discussed when it comes to body image for women. (2,3) However, these campaigns have specialized in using social media platforms as a force for good to get their message across….

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