CAREER ADVANCEMENT / NOV. 01, 2014
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How to Boost Your Performance and Confidence

The way you treat your body has profound effects on the way you feel and perform in your daily life. If you eat junk, you’re going to feel like junk. People who are overweight often stay overweight because while they may up their exercise, they aren’t changing their diet--so they’re stuck in an endless loop of weight gain and malnutrition but they don’t know why.

Boosting your performance will, inevitably, boost your confidence. The better you do throughout the day, the better you’ll feel when you get into bed at night. But boosting your performance comes from taking care of your body, not necessarily upping trips to the gym.

 

Most weight loss--and positive feelings--come from diet, not necessarily exercise

Yes, exercising will help you feel better because of the endorphins being released into your system. However, the food you eat can help determine how you feel for the rest of the day, starting at breakfast. Eating right and giving your body the fuel it needs to make it through the day is a key factor in performing well and boosting your confidence.

Start by eating a healthier, protein-packed breakfast. Protein helps repair and improve muscle health and also makes you feel fuller, longer--carbs can have much the same effect, only carbs are generally empty of other nutrients and can even make you feel overly full. 

Some people swear by eating several small meals throughout the day, but your diet should cater to your preference. Skipping meals is never a good idea, no matter what kind of time crunch you’re in. Skipping meals means that your body isn’t getting the energy it needs to motivate you throughout the day, leaving you hungry and often times very grumpy.

For lunch, consider sticking to veggies and fruits. Both are rich in vitamins and minerals which help your body perform at its peak. If you find yourself craving carbs, have a sandwich or even some pasta or brown rice. Help yourself feel lighter in the afternoons and evenings (preventing that infamous food coma) by avoiding starches after lunch.

 

If you do want to exercise, do everything

It’s impossible to target a certain part of your body to lose weight. Fat must be loss all over in order for you to slim down, which can boost your confidence and make you feel better throughout the day. Try and set a goal during the week to visit the gym once per day, and alternate routines every day. If you’re not a huge fan of cardio, only do cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving muscle training for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You shouldn’t weight train two days in a row--it’s important to give your muscles time to repair and heal.

 

Exercising, paired with a great diet, can do wonderful things for your physical and mental wellbeing. When you aren’t bogged down by extra weight or empty meals that have no real nutritional value, you find that your mind is sharper and you feel a lot less tired during the day.

 

Image source: http://www.runnersworld.de

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