For years, hitting the gym left many feels like dying to dash out as soon as they stepped in. Though having a gym membership the intimidation or fear of exercising in public cheats out the good workout.
You walk in and there are these crazy machines and you don’t know what they do, you feel like or you will get laughed at.
A 2014 survey from Cosmopolitan Body UK found that twice as many women as men feel embarrassed when working out, citing fears of looking clueless and out of shape. Though a bit more confident, 20 per cent of men fear not knowing what they’re doing.
Fear comes partially from a genetic vulnerability, partially from learning (conditioning) in the environment. In the case of a gym fear, there can be a lot of social anxiety—especially around judgments from others, specifically on appearance.
Conquering your fears is the key. For start stand at the back row of the class and slowly take in Within a couple of months, you will go from jogging in place to doing full-on jumping jacks.
Over time stop taking anyone’s ignorant assumptions to heart and realise people at the gym are 100 per cent concerned with themselves. No one has the time or energy to make fun of anyone.
The reality: We all have to start somewhere. Chances are those fit gym rats were once in your shoes. So lace up your sneakers, take a deep breath we’ll help you warm up to the gym.
Find the right gym. The atmosphere is key here. Pick a gym with a nonbiased and no-judgment environment.
Take free help
Many gyms offer one free training session or orientation for new members. Ask for it and use it. Think of this session as your guide to the gym.
Have questions ready, and know your goal—maybe you want to lose weight, build strength, or run a 5K. Ask staff to demonstrate how to use the equipment. Trainers are there to help you. Let them.
Outline your workout beforehand to keep a lid on anxiety. Check out online fitness sites for ideas and videos, and practice at home.
If you’re not sure what to do when you get there, walk around, or find a place to sit if you’re overwhelmed. Just don’t leave. What you’re doing psychologically is slowly immersing yourself.
Try a group fitness class
If you’re ready to join a gym we suggest group classes. Look for those that complement your fitness level. If you’re carrying extra weight, water aerobics is a great place to start for minimal soreness and joint pain.
Show up a few minutes early to introduce yourself to the instructor. They’ll go out of their way to give you extra attention so you feel comfortable. Then find a place in the middle or back row so you can shadow experienced classmates.
Wear comfy clothing
A person is more comfortable in workout clothes that don’t move. You don’t want to be worried that you’re falling out of your top or your shorts are riding up.
For a curvy body, we suggest athletic gear from Lane Bryant or Old Navy. Look for material that wicks away moisture, like a poly-blend. Bottom line: Wear what makes you feel confident. If that’s a T-shirt and shorts in the pool, go for it. Just check your gym’s dress code first.