Increase Fitness Confidence & Overcome Gym Anxiety
How many excuses have you made not to go to the gym? Once you walk through the doors and onto the gym floor, half the battle is already won. Whether it’s conscious or not, gyms are tough. But with a few tips, you can feel confident in the weight room, in group fitness classes and become a gym regular. Let’s get started.
What is gym anxiety and how can it be overcome?
Gym anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear that can keep someone from going to the gym. This fear can manifest itself in different ways, such as feeling self-conscious about one’s appearance, being worried about not knowing how to use the equipment, or feeling anxious about others watching you work out.
Tips for overcoming gym anxiety
Gymtimidation can cripple the soul and help us create the most outrageous excuses for not hitting the gym. Here’s what you can do to move through those excuses:
Focus on what you CAN do
The best way to overcome gym anxiety is by gradually building your fitness confidence. Start out by doing exercises that you’re comfortable with and that you know you can do. This will help you feel more confident in yourself and in your abilities.
Stop listening to the noise on social media. You might intellectually know that lifting weights is great for your goals. But if you’re only comfortable in the cardio section, start there! Gradually increase the intensity of your workouts as you become more comfortable at the gym.