One of my Facebook friends recently posted this comment on my Facebook page which inspired this article. I decided to address this issue in a blog post, rather than Facebook, as there may be hundreds of thousands of people who also feel the same way, so they know they are not alone and to offer some simple solutions to help solve this problem.
“My excuse for not working out is that I’m so socially awkward, the gym terrifies me.”
For someone who is new to fitness, or is very over weight, the thought of going to a gym can be intimidating…. but it doesn’t have to be.
It is a no brainer that in order to lose weight, have a leaner, healthier, fit body and feel better about your body, not only do you need to eat right, you need to workout. Although you can get a great workout at home, and there are some great at home workout programs, let’s face it…. it’s just not the same as going to a gym. To be quite honest, if you were going to workout at home, you would’ve been doing so already.
If you have avoided joining a gym or going to a gym because you find the gym intimidating, here are three simple solutions to overcoming your intimidation of the gym.
Oh…. by the way…. If you avoid going to the gym because you think everyone there is watching you and staring at you, I can assure you that no one there is paying attention to you unless you want them to. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
Hire a personal trainer
A personal trainer can get you on track, teach you proper form and technique and help make you feel more at ease in the gym.
Go to The Gym During Off Peak Hours
If you avoid going to the gym during peak hours, which are Monday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. you will discover that you will working out with only a handful of people. Early morning, mid-day and weekends you will find that you pretty much have the place all to yourself.
Also, there are many facilities that are available 24/7 so you can workout any time that is convenient for you.
Join a group exercise class for beginners
Most gyms offer a variety of group exercise classes for beginner or advanced workout enthusiasts. Choose a class that appeals to you for beginners and you will be pleasantly surprised that most of the participants feel or felt just as awkward and uncomfortable as you do, and, the best part of this suggestion is that not only will you be doing something good for your body, you will find yourself making new friends who will support and encourage you.
Remember, you don’t have to be great to start…. you just have to start to be great.