You want to get fit, but you can’t seem to gather the courage to jog in a public place, let alone get a gym membership. You might think that a gym is a horrid place where buff people hang out, flaunting their abs and biceps with their perfectly matched OOTD. You imagine a dreaded chamber full of mirrors that remind you of your flaws and complicated equipment that look too bizarre to use. These are just some of the common fears that prevent many from pursuing their fitness goals.
The good news is, you can overcome your fitness fears. With these tips and a healthy dose of willingness, you’ll be on your way to starting your fitness journey.
Do your homework
Uncertainty is one of the main reasons why people develop fear. So before going to the gym, research about different types of workouts and programs that best fit your goal. Information lies at the tip of your fingers. Read online about fitness programs, how they work, and other people’s success stories. Don’t be afraid to approach friends who have benefited from certain fitness or diet routine and ask for tips on how they started. After thorough research, choose a program that suits your schedule, goals and importantly, your preference. Finding a workout that you enjoy doing makes all the difference in developing a habit.
Explore and find what you love
Most gym memberships include access to all classes. Take advantage of this and try different ones to discover what you love the most. If you like dynamic routines, try circuit training and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). If you prefer a quiet workout, try Yoga or Pilates. If you are into dancing, check out Zumba, aerobics, pole, or aerial silk dancing. Explore and discover what suits you and your fitness goals best.
Start slow and steady
The fear of failing might cripple you from attending your first gym session but you should know that it’s okay to start slow. If you’re a first-timer or haven’t exercised for years, avoid high-intensity workouts and advance classes in the beginning, as the thought of underperforming will only amplify your fear. You must also remember that the gym is not necessarily always the starting point. You can try jogging in a park, doing quick home workouts, or taking the flight of stairs in your workplace just to start orienting your body to having more physical activities again.