6 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of the Gym

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6 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of the Gym

If we asked you to come up with some reasons to skip the gym today, you could probably think of a few. Most of us have fudged the truth a few times in the past, and sometimes we even have legitimate complaints (sore muscles, short on time, and so on). But most of the time, you can power through a workout anyway.

But for some people, the problem is “gym anxiety”, or feeling self conscious and uncomfortable in that particular setting. If that sounds familiar, you will need to take more proactive steps to conquer your fears.

Schedule your gym time wisely. Do you feel more nervous during crowded hours? Try to adjust your schedule so that you can take advantage of quiet hours. Ask a staff member if you’re unsure of peak versus slow times.

Tune out. Music, a podcast, or an audio book can give you an inner focus. Before long, your anxiety will melt away because you’re concentrating on something more compelling.

Recall the last time you worked out. Nothing bad happened, right? And more importantly, you felt good afterward. For some people, it helps to focus on the results – a boosted mood from endorphins, a sense of accomplishment, or pride that you toughed it out. Those are results to anticipate each time you hit the gym.

Do just one thing. If you’re not feeling like super-confident gym bunny, that’s okay. Head inside, spend thirty minutes on a stationary bike, and then leave. Focus on one thing you know you can do well, and gradually work up to more complicated workouts as you feel comfortable with your gym.

Remember this important rule: No one is thinking about you as much as you’re thinking about yourself. We tend to be our own worst critics. But is it logical that other gym patrons are assessing your every move? More than likely, they’re all so focused on their own workouts (and possibly their own anxiety) that they barely even notice anyone else.

Consult a personal trainer. Having an expert walk you through a routine can help you to feel more comfortable with the gym equipment. Sharing conversation can also serve as a nice distraction, and help you feel less awkward.

If you need any other advice on your workout routine, give us a call. We can help you decide upon an eating plan and exercise regimen that will help you reach your health goals.