How can I Boost my Body Confidence?

B. Miller

Many people believe that they will finally find their body confidence when they lose enough weight, get in shape, or get that perfect haircut or piece of clothing. While it is true that all of these things can make you more confident, true body confidence comes from the inside. It is based on the way you feel about yourself, flaws and all.

Maintaining a healthy weight is one way to boost body confidence.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one way to boost body confidence.

One of the best ways to boost body confidence is to focus on your health rather than your appearance. If you want to exercise and lose weight, choose foods that are healthy yet flavorful and tasty; no one can sustain a diet based on dry rice cakes or plain carrot sticks. A diet based on eating whole, healthy foods is much easier to maintain throughout your entire life, and it will make you feel good on the inside and outside.

Good posture promotes confidence.
Good posture promotes confidence.

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When exercising to boost body confidence, the same rules apply. While running for an hour on the treadmill might be a great way to lose weight and get in shape, you might have a lot more fun hiking or swimming, or even learning to play a new sport. Learning new skills can help you to feel better about yourself and boost your confidence.

Participation in a team sport can boost a person's body confidence.
Participation in a team sport can boost a person's body confidence.

Another way to boost body confidence is to look at pictures of people with "real" bodies, not just the airbrushed people in magazines. Recognize that any flaws or differences you have make you unique, and are just part of a whole. It is possible to dislike one aspect of your body, while still having body confidence overall, and scars or flaws may even make you a stronger person.

A regular fitness regimen can increase a person's body confidence.
A regular fitness regimen can increase a person's body confidence.

Banish negative thoughts from your mind. For instance, if you constantly beat yourself up because you think you need to lose ten pounds, or because your appearance isn't quite what you want it to be, try thinking "Stop!" when a negative thought appears and think something positive instead. Over time, this will become a habit. In addition, it can be very beneficial to walk and behave with confidence, even when you don't feel it; faking body confidence frequently enough might eventually lead to real feelings of confidence about your body.

Body confidence is often tied with dating success.
Body confidence is often tied with dating success.

Body language goes a long way when interacting with people. Practice standing tall, with good posture. This will help you to appear more confident to others. Finally, one of the best ways to improve your confidence is to stop focusing on your body entirely; focus on all the good aspects of your life, such as interesting hobbies, a great career, close friends, or your family.

Crossing your arms may make you look intimidating to others.
Crossing your arms may make you look intimidating to others.
People with high body confidence are more effective speakers.
People with high body confidence are more effective speakers.
Learning to swim can boost body confidence.
Learning to swim can boost body confidence.
Focusing on health rather than appearance can boost confidence and help get rid of negative thoughts.
Focusing on health rather than appearance can boost confidence and help get rid of negative thoughts.
Thinking positive thoughts and banishing the negative helps boost body confidence.
Thinking positive thoughts and banishing the negative helps boost body confidence.
Body language goes a long way to boosting body confidence.
Body language goes a long way to boosting body confidence.
People with an attractive smile generally have higher body confidence.
People with an attractive smile generally have higher body confidence.

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