It’s easy to let insecurities get the best of you at the gym — many people have the misconception that gyms are large places filled only with the super- fit. In truth, local gyms cater to all types of members who simply want to get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Follow these tips from the exercise experts at Life Fitness to learn how to get over feeling awkward and intimidated at the gym.
Assess your state of mind: Before you open the gym doors, have an honest conversation with yourself about the lifestyle changes you want to make. Unless a gym membership is part of your personal fitness goal, long-term attendance isn’t likely. When you make exercise a physical and psychological commitment, success at the gym is possible.
Forget about others: New gym-goers often think other members are watching them and making judgments. Truthfully, most exercisers are focused on their own routine and goals, so don’t be distracted by the person on the treadmill or yoga mat next to you. Focus your thoughts and energy on your own workout.
Schedule an orientation: Take advantage of free training sessions — these are great resources that will help you learn more about the equipment, classes and amenities your gym has to offer. Knowledge of the equipment and what’s available to you will make you feel more comfortable in your surroundings.As with anything new, it’s natural to feel insecure in an unfamiliar environment. Gym staff will support your goals and offer valuable guidance.