EXERCISE AWAY YOUR SEVEN SINS

LUST & ENVY

Whether it’s wash-board stomachs, slender legs or clear skin, it’s only natural to want to change some part of our physical appearance or envy those catwalk celebs who have them.

REMEDY: Shape up and be the envy of your friends. Re-shaping your figure and maintaining a positive body image is crucial to fostering a healthy mental attitude. People who are physically fit can not only look good, but feel good.

Physical activity burns fat, promotes a more revitalizing sleep and maintains good circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the skin so that it is firmer and better nourished. It is also thought to slow the process of aging. So you’ll be the envy of your friends when you can don your favourite outfit with confidence.

PRIDE

It’s understandable if your self-conscious spirits like to exercise themselves with you. Braving physical activity in front of others can be difficult - especially if Mr Muscle is busy flexing his superiority in the same room.

REMEDY: Get active to improve your confidence. Get active, be proud. Setting goals and achieving them through sport and physical activity is empowering - it inspires others and boosts your sense of self-respect.

It’s not something you have to do alone. Share the experience by joining the children for a swim, taking the family for a gentle walk, or inviting your mates for a friendly kick-about. Swallow your pride by joining a club where there is ample opportunity to make lasting friends, or ask people to go the gym or an exercise class with you, even if just for the first few sessions.

It may feel like everyone is looking but most people are too busy concentrating on their own thing. Confidence starts with conquering barriers in your own mind - give other people something to look at by showing them what hard work is. At the end of the day you can settle into bed feeling more proud about yourself; for life.