Women and Self-Esteem

As a trainer to so many women, I have worked with all shapes, sizes and issues. Every woman has her own fitness goal when she begins working with a trainer. Whether it is too loose weight, tone up, learn new exercises, or prepare for a contest. But what I have seen in most of my female clients is the desire and need to improve their self esteem. Whether you know it or not when your self esteem improves everything else does too, from the way you walk to the way you dress and the things you do.

Our society puts a lot of pressure on woman to be thin and stay thin. We see it everywhere we go. In advertising whether it’s for sneakers or cat food the models are skinny. The models in the magazines, whether it is fashion, fitness or maternity are skinny, the movie stars on the screen and in tabloids are skinny, the clothes and styles are made to look great on skinny ones too. So what gives? When are woman going to catch a break? It’s time that all of us woman be happy with who they are as an individual and happy with their bodies and what God gave them.

Every woman is beautiful in her own special way and because society has put this stigma on what a woman is suppose to look like, it makes every woman who is curvy or full figured feel that nothing is quite right with their body.

In psychology, self-esteem reflects a person’s overall self-appraisal of their own worth. People need to realize that your self worth is not based on your outward appearance but is based on the person whom you are from the inside. Being healthy is part of this. Eating healthy and exercising improves not only a person’s overall health but begins to improve their overall appearance which improves a person’s self confidence.

It is amazing to watch the transformation of my clients from when they first walked in the gym. They are not happy with how they look and feel on a daily basis. But just after a few short weeks of training with me, I see them walking in with a brighter smile and a more energetic walk. They express to me how much happier they are with themselves. My client the other day told me she was shocked because now men were looking at her again and she forgot what that felt like, another client told me how great it was to fit in her skinny jeans again and one told me how much sexier she felt with her husband.

Helping a woman reach her goals both mentally and physically is what brings me the most joy about my job. I see so many women battle daily, including me with body image issues. The first step to being happy is being happy with yourself and in your own skin. Until that day we will never be happy.


Danielle Hollenshade, a Fittron.com professional, wrote this article. Come visit her profile page and she what she can do to help you live a happier and healthier lifestyle.


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