Living with two health professionals for so long gave me some interesting tools and ideas on how to live a healthier, happier life. Most of these fun facts have nothing to do with eating more vegetables.
For example, when studying, elevate your feet to increase blood flow to your brain, and you’ll be more focused.
What’s the best supplement to shorten the length of a cold? Zinc.
Want a quick tip to instantly crush more weight on a squat or bench press? Simply clench your teeth.
Do you know what the number one Antihistamine is? Water. Sneezing can be a sign of dehydration.
And can you guess what the best ab exercise is? It’s not what you think, and I’m not telling you because I’m writing a post on that next week for a different Blog Blitz post. So there.
Out of all the fun facts I’ve learned, one of my favorites has to do with building confidence. And it has nothing to do with body language, pretending to be something you’re not, or pounding mimosas until we feel loose enough to start having conversations (although that does tend to work).
You see, I’ve always wanted to be like Will Smith straight out of the movie Hitch. He’s super smooth with the ladies. He’s a results-oriented coach, and he’s equipped with an unbreakable confidence.
When we’re confident, we are our best selves. We’re out of our heads and present in the moment. The perfect words seem to just flow out, and we’re nailing all of the punch lines on our jokes.
That’s why I’m so interested in learning about building confidence. The more we operate from a place of true self-confidence, the better we are at life.
So what’s this one thing we can do to instantly start building confidence?
Pumping massive iron.
Yep, lifting weights is an easy, tangible thing you can do to build that swag and confidence. Researches from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that, “Self-perceptions improved with weight lifting regardless of how much strength they gained during the year-long study.”
This means we don’t even have to get any stronger. Simply the act of pushing around heavy shit can improve how we feel about ourselves.
I’m not breaking the internet by sharing the tie between exercise and the release of those feel-good endorphins in the brain. But the specific tie between repping out those heavy squats and self-esteem is something that is shown in both the research and my personal life.
When I started lifting heavy in 2011, my whole attitude about myself changed, and it bled into other areas of my life.
Even more, just as lifting weights is shown to improve confidence, doing sprints or some sort of high intensity intervals can help fight anxiety. And if you’re having a rough day, going on a jog (especially through nature) can have an immediate impact on your mood.
Most of the advice about gaining confidence is tough to measure, and even tougher to feel like we’re making progress. Lifting weights is easy to measure (Did I lift heavy shit today? Yes. Yes, I did.), and we notice changes in how we feel in just a few short weeks.
That’s it for today. It’s easy and it works.
What’s your tip or tool that you use to feel more confident and in control? Let me know in the comments below.