When you finally make the decision to start a healthy lifestyle, typically you join a gym. Yet walking into the gym always seems to be the biggest obstacle. Why? Because many of us have the misconception that gyms are large, sweaty places filled only with healthy, beautiful people, which brings out the insecurities of our own bodies.
But the reality is that gyms cater to all community members who want to get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle. And the employees really want you to succeed in your fitness goals. So follow these tips to help you get over your fear of the gym!
1) It’s all a state of mind. Before you open the gym doors, have an honest conversation with yourself and the lifestyle changes you want to make. Unless a gym membership is a part of your fitness goals, long-term attendance isn’t likely. When you make exercise a physical and psychological commitment, success at the gym is much more possible. But you can always start off slowly and join a gym on a month to month basis. You may spend a little more, but it’s a lot cheaper than signing up for a 2-year contract and only going to the gym twice.
2) Forget about other people. Do you feel like everyone is watching you making judgements, especially the pretty, skinny members? Honestly, those are the ones who are least likely to watch you or judge you. Most exercisers are focused on their own routine and personal goals, so don’t be distracted by the person on the treadmill next to you. Instead focus your thoughts and energy on your own workout and be proud of the work you are doing.
3) Schedule an orientation. Whether you are a frequent gym member or new to the workout world, you should take advantage of free training sessions and tours. These are a great resource to learn more about the equipment, classes and amenities the gym has to offer. You will feel more comfortable in your surroundings and get extra support from the employees that know you.
4) Change perspective on your size and weight. Stop obsessing over the scale and start concentrating on better health and increased energy levels. You will enjoy your workout experience more and will motivate you to keep going back to the gym.
Source: American Fitness May 2011