Dress the part and put on proper workout clothes
You do not have to wait to get abs and biceps before wearing proper workout clothing. They are made to provide comfort, protection, and improved range of motion more than anything. Also, showing up in proper gear gives you a sense of belonging and a go-getter mindset.
Go to the gym during off hours or secure your territory at the back
If you want to avoid the pressure of having someone waiting for you to finish an exercise, find the time when the gym is least crowded. This way, you can jump from one equipment to another and pick a spot where you can do your sequences comfortably. If the off hours don’t fit your schedule, occupy the back of the gym for some personal space.
Find a fitness squad
Studies show that finding friends is one of the reasons why adults stay in the gym. Going to the gym with friends also helps reduce anxiety over feeling judged; you know you are in a group of like-minded people with similar fitness level. In addition, working out with a friend who’s already a regular gym goer has a lot of advantage—from showing you around, introducing you to other people to giving you a much-needed spot.
Keep your eyes on the target
Most people avoid the gym out of fear of judgment. You have this feeling that other gym goers are watching you, but the reality is that everyone in the gym is too focused on themselves and their own routines that they have little interest in observing newcomers. You can also take comfort in knowing that everyone has gone through the same feelings when they began. To avoid this, stay focused on yourself and do a mindful workout. Concentrate on watching your posture and squeezing the right muscles with each rep. This technique effectively rids your mind of outside clutter.
Remember that it’s not all or nothing
If you are swamped with work and cannot commit to full one-hour sessions, try squeezing in 30-minute workouts throughout the week. Don’t ever think that fitness is only for people who have lots of spare time; you have to find the time. Doing a little something every day is always better than doing nothing.
Once you get started, set up a regular schedule and stick to it at all cost. A study published by the Clinical Psychology Review reveals that confrontation is the key to overcoming our fears. So, a regular visit to the gym is already winning half the battle. Always remember that you are doing this for yourself and not to please anyone else. If you face your fears today, you’ll find yourself healthier and happier tomorrow.