Exercise improves cardiovascular health, builds strength, increases balance and flexibility, strengthens joints and bones, improves metabolic function, and might even be a fountain of youth. Exercise can also help fight depression and anxiety, relieve stress, and can benefit people with ADD and PTSD. But, can exercise help build self-acceptance? The answer is yes - it can. 

Link for more information - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170510115211.htm 

If your goal is self-acceptance, the key is to start with where you are and slowly build from there. 

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Exercise helps you learn self-acceptance because there are no shortcuts to fitness (despite what the magazines say). To become fit, you must start with the body you have today, and slowly build your way up to improved health and fitness. In fact, the only shortcut is greater self-awareness. The more present you are in your body, the faster you will progress. 

When you exercise, if you don’t pay close attention to the body you have now, with all its strengths and weaknesses, you risk doing too much and hurting yourself, or doing too little and wasting your time without seeing results. However, pay attention to where you are now, and you can hit the perfect, Goldilocks-level of exertion. As you work out, you’ll start to understand the role that each muscle and joint plays in helping you move through the world (sometimes, it’s because that muscle makes it hard to sit the next day!). 

Through focused, conscious movement, you will learn to appreciate and accept the body you have. Try it today. Go for a walk or do some simple exercises, and just focus on your body. Feel your breath flowing in and out, and monitor sensations that arise as you move. Move as much as feels good and stop when it becomes too much. 

Keep practicing, and soon, along with abs, you will build a strong sense of self-acceptance. 

It's not always easy to keep a positive mindset, especially when there are problems or stress in our lives. But it can be done - don't miss the tips in our next article.