Stay positive about exercise; it will help you to stay positive.

Stay positive about exercise; it will help you to stay positive.

I keep on finding more reasons to exercise – apparently, it can boost your belief that you’re going to succeed.

How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family’ reports an increase what’s known as self-efficacy,

People with a strong sense of self-efficacy:

  • view challenging problems as tasks to be mastered;
  • develop deeper interest in the activities in which they participate;
  • form a stronger sense of commitment to their interests and activities;
  • recover quickly from setbacks and disappointments.

People with a weak sense of self-efficacy:

  • avoid challenging tasks;
  • believe that difficult tasks and situations are beyond their capabilities;
  • focus on personal failings and negative outcomes;
  • quickly lose confidence in personal abilities.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that 10 minutes on a treadmill before a wedding speech will give  the confidence to speak like Jon Stewart – the researchers are talking about ‘physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and purposive’. But it does add weight to the argument that regular exercise can help you to feel better emotionally as well as physically and is therefore a Very Good Thing.