Embarrassed to work out?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

When we moved into this new building I was so excited that they have a fitness center. Unfortunately a month later I have not set foot in it. Why? Because I'm scared to death of being laughed at or looked at like "geez, look at fatso". I know this is ridiculous and the odds of people thinking or saying that is small, but I can't get past it. I get nauseous thinking of people watching me. I have walked over there, gotten to the door and just walked past the gym. I know I need to just go in there, but it freaks me out if someone is in there. I have previously been to gyms, I made sure to go to gyms open very early and get there when I could almost be alone, but the whole time I'm there I'm feeling insecure and constantly feel I'm being stared at. The worst part is that I know I'm acting like an idiot. Nobody cares, nobody is watching me, laughing at me. If anything they are prob saying stuff like "good for her".
I wish I could get past this. I can't keep working out alone in my house. I need to get my fat ass into that gym.
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    I have been going to the gym for many years (over 10) I love to see people of all shapes and sizes working up a good sweat . That shows thay are doing everything possible to get into or stay in shape..

    The thing is to push yourself so you are getting something out of your workout. the harder i see someone pushing themselves the more respect I have for them.

    Sometimes I see people come into the workout area. never work up a sweat , sit and look around then leave..

    I see you posted that you are now biking!! that's great, i have been biking for a little over a year and have become addicted to it. I started off with a hybrid bike and just upgraded to a road bike, my goal this year is to bike 1,000 miles by the Fall...

    When the cold weather comes I bring the bike inside , (bought myself a bike trainer) put my bike on it throughout the long cold winter and ride away lol..

    Have fun and just enjoy the workouts
    2657 days ago
    Yes, it's a hard thing to open that door and walk inside. I hope you can meet some of your neighbors in a less stressful way and get one to go into the gym with you. Who knows, you may find someone just as afraid as you are.

    Don't give up!

    Gentle hugs,
    2663 days ago
    Have a friend, neighbor, or family member go with you the first few times. Good luck!!
    2664 days ago
  • ADDIEB1974
    Maybe working out in a gym just isn't your thing...how bout finding something you really enjoy...maybe start with exercise videos at home...Spark has some great videos!

    I used to feel the same way as you do...but I made myself go into the gym...I hopped on a treadmill turned on my ipod and starting walking...I soon realized no one was paying attention to me. The more I looked around the more I realized that not everyone there was a gym rat...there were others there just like me...working toward a healthy life style.

    When you are ready you will tackle the gym...until then...just move...do what you enjoy!

    Good luck!
    2666 days ago
    You know that everyone is afraid of a gym. I remember when I was small years ago and I would go and these women were tiny and I was intimidated. Don't worry about how you think people look at you, you should just go in and let them know that you are there to exercise and will do it!!
    2666 days ago
    You're not alone on this one, so don't beat yourself up over it! Take baby steps if you need to. Go in and use something for 5 minutes. Heck, just get yourself to go in, even if you don't use a machine. It's that first step that's the hardest. You can do this! Keep walking over there til you get yourself in the door. Good luck!
    2666 days ago
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