It is easy to let insecurities get the best of you at the gym—many people have the misconception that gyms are large, sweaty places filled only with the healthy and fit. In truth, local gyms cater to all community members who want to get fit and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. Follow these tips from the exercise experts at Life Fitness to learn that you don’t have to let your gym fears get in the way!
1. Assess your state of mind. Before you open the gym doors, have an honest conversation with yourself about the lifestyle changes you want to make. Unless a gym membership is part of your personal fitness goal, long-term attendance isn’t likely. When you make exercise a physical and psychological commitment, success at the gym is much more likely.
2. Forget about other people. New gym-goers occasionally think other members are watching them and making judgments. Truthfully, most exercisers are focused on their own routines and personal goals, so don’t be distracted by the person on the treadmill or yoga mat next to you. Focus your thoughts and energy on your own workout, and you’ll feel more satisfied with the work you’ve done.
3. Schedule an orientation. Whether you frequent the gym or are a new member, take advantage of free training sessions offered at your fitness center—these are great resources that will help you learn more about the equipment, classes and amenities your gym has to offer. Knowledge of the equipment and what’s available to you will make you feel more comfortable in your surroundings.
4. Trust the professionals. As with anything new, it’s natural to feel insecure in an unfamiliar environment. However, gym staff and personal trainers will support your goals and offer valuable guidance if you ask for help. A trainer can guide you through a fitness routine that feels comfortable and will give you the confidence to check out all of your exercise choices.
5. Change your perspective on size and weight. When you go to the gym, stop obsessing over the scale and concentrate more on better health and increased energy levels. Give your ego a rest and enjoy your experiences at the gym—you’ll be much more likely to go back.
How do you feel more comfortable at the gym? —Life Fitness