Whether you just want to tone up and feel healthier, or you’re actively following a weight loss plan, at some point you will confront the idea of joining a gym. It’s the most obvious way of accessing the right equipment and classes to meet your goals… But some people feel nervous or even scared of gyms.
Anything from fear of failure, to anxiety over how you look, could be driving those feelings. But remember: Everyone has to start somewhere. Get started, and before long you will feel like you fit in. But since getting started is easier said than done, try these six ways to overcome your anxiety.
Find the right gym. Tour a few gyms before joining one. The right gym for you might not be the one with the fanciest equipment or prettiest building; it might be one with clientele with whom you feel comfortable, or that offers the supports you need.
Just walk in the door. You might feel nervous about getting started with your workout plan, so just promise yourself that you’ll walk in the door for the first day. You can walk in and walk right back out. Or you can stick around and use the sauna. For your first day, do whatever feels comfortable.
Dress for success. Choose clothing in which you feel comfortable, and don’t worry about the latest styles in athletic wear (unless you happen to like them). As you progress in your weight loss plan, you will likely feel like purchasing new gear… But for now, just be comfortable.
Start with what you know. Joining a gym doesn’t mean you have to utilize every single piece of equipment during the first week. Pick one thing that feels comfortable (a stationary bike or elliptical machine are popular choices). You can try one new exercise each week until you feel like an old pro.
Consult with a trainer. Schedule just one session with a personal trainer, who can show you how to use the equipment. You’ll feel more confident on your own now.
Bring a friend. Everything is more fun with a friend, and you’re less likely to feel self conscious when you work out with a partner.
Of course, there is no rule that says you must join a gym in order to be successful with a weight loss plan. If it’s simply not your thing, you can walk, bike or run around your neighborhood, and set up a small home gym with free weights. But since gyms offer fun classes and personal trainers, joining a gym is definitely a good idea to explore.
For more information on a weight loss plan, nutritious meals, and appropriate exercise, give us a call. We’ll schedule an appointment to discuss your goals, and help you make a plan to achieve them.