Improving self-esteem

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Improving self-esteem

When we are free of anxiety, depression, worry, stress, and other psychological problems, we are more able to live out lives to the fullest. Stressful exam season could lead to decreasing self-confidence; however, the cure is literally within the perimeter: the gym.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity has many benefits:

  • Build and maintain healthy bone and muscle
  • Reduce risk of chronic disease
  • Reduce feelings of depression and promotes well being
  • Improving academic achievement and grades

Lacking regular physical activity may lead to long-term consequences involving health risks such as obesity, high cholesterol, asthma, or arthritis.

How to Recover:

Nathalie Ramirez

Young female body builder, Nathalie Ramirez, suggests that a high self-esteem, positive attitude, feeling of strength, and well-being are all part of a regular exercise regime.
Ramirez, also an HBA II Ivey student, spends most of her time at school and the gym. After Qualifying for the Short Bikini Class Provincials and the Toronto Pro Show, the young athlete claims working out goes beyond the purposes of training.
During her 12 week training season, Ramirez explains that building yourself is a mental game where balance is the key to happiness.

Ramirez said, “at the end of the day, it is your body and if you are content with your body then no one can take that away from you…comments are irrelevant when you are happy with yourself.” 

Before deciding to turn her life around, Ramirez took advice from teammates in the industry. She says friends and family were uneducated about the subject matter, therefore did not understand her sacrifices.

According to Ramirez, her family’s initial reaction opposed the idea of looking muscular and “less feminine.”  However, she continued to explain, “when my parents first saw me up on stage, they were so wowed.”

Regular activity in adolescence improves strength and endurance. London Ontario may feature many more fitness centres, especially for women dealing with mental health issues.

Femme Force Fitness

Local Help:

Owner of Femme Force Fitness, Emma O’Connor, stated in an article for London Community News that her new debuting fitness centre is for women to work out in a safe environment while dealing with issues in a healthy manner. Her goal is for women to gain a strong sense of self-confidence. Femme Force Fitness is debuting this month in the city’s entertainment district.

For Nathalie Ramirez, self- confidence is key when stepping out on stage and forgetting about all other stresses.

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