What about the gym is making you so anxious? I too had a lot of anxiety about going to the gym. I was mostly afraid that I wont know what to do when I am there and everyone will feel that I am clueless and that would be embarrassing. If it is anything like that for you, let me tell you that I am way past that problem now. Now, it almost feels like I have moved in!
Try to identify what it is that is making you anxious. If it is like me and you don’t know what to do when you are there, go prepared. Sparkpeople has a exercise generator and you can print out the exercises that it suggests depending on your goals. Or you can research on the web to get a plan. Read through it and get a print out and carry it with you so you go there prepared. You will know exactly what you need to do.
Try to have a plan B as well in case the machine you want is already taken or broken, what will you do? Do you know any alternatives you can try? Be prepared to switch your mindset to try a different machine.
If being around people in the gym who seem to be in a better shape and seem like they all know what they are doing is making you anxious, well, they might be regulars but may have started just like you! Anxious, not knowing what to do, but regularly going there, they might have improved over time and now they look like they belong there!
You too, in time will become a part of that scene if you keep going and doing your thing. And infact, if there is anybody there staring or mocking, ignore and carry on and if it persists and makes you very uncomfortable bring it to the attention of the staff.
Going to the gym has many advantages such as having access to a variety of machines/equipment under one roof, the collective energy of the people which motivates us to do our best, making new friends, taking a class or 2, etc..
But you dont have to go gym at all. Exercise can be done indoors at home - videos, strength training or outdoors - walking/running/hiking/biking... Also, swimming,....There are so many ways.... Find what you like and you feel like you can do and handle and chances are you will stick to it and enjoy its benefits!! : )
“There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened? - Steve Backley
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