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3 Strategies for Overcoming Gym Anxiety

By LSE Health and ... - Posted on 17 June 2018

3 Strategies for Overcoming Gym Anxiety
Have you ever had fear of going to the gym?
It sounds like this:
"I feel uncomfortable lifting weights when it's so many people watching."
"I'm not fit enough to work out with them."
"I'm not coordinated enough to try a class."
However it comes out, gym anxiety IS a thing even for seasoned gym goers AND you're not alone.
Many people avoid the gym altogether because they are worried about judgement in the gym.
Put yourself at ease, this is a normal concern, especially in a new facility.
Here are a few ways to start feeling more comfy and at home in your gym or fitness center.
1. Take advantage of a gym tour or ask for free session with a trainer.
When you tour the facility you can start to really feel at home in your new environment. Make a mental note of what machines you want to try or regularly use. You might even ask them to show you how to use the equipment. Most fitness centers will offer a session free when you first sign up. 
2. Know what you want to do for your workout.
Having a plan for your workout ahead of time is a huge help for many reasons and one of them is that you don't have to feel lost once you actually get there. You go feeling more confident, clear and focused-- all of which goes a long way with confidence in and out of the gym. No need to hang out the whole time on the treadmill when you have your plan ready to tackle.
3. Stay consistent.
Consistency is key for internal and external results. Anxiety, feeling self conscious and fear are caused by thoughts. Perhaps in the beginning you think everyone is judging you and you will look out of place in a new environment but over time your experience proves this untrue. Getting more comfortable in your gym routine will ease your thoughts and before you know it, you'll be wondering why you were ever worried in the first place.
Bonus: Go to the gym outside of the peak hours, typically 5-7pm on week days, however, every fitness facility is different. You may want to ask your fitness staff members to find out then you can plan your visits around the busy times. When there are less people, you have more access to available equipment and general it's like having your own private fitness center.
Well, now that you are well on your way to feeling more comfortable in your gym, who do you know that might need these tips?
The more healthy, happy exercisers in the world, the better-- don't you think?
Pass this along and let us know in the comments what has worked to ease gym anxiety for you.


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