Awesome that you got the courage to go into the school gym! It took me forever to go go into the ones at mine for pretty much the same reason. Then I found times that I could go with friends, or when it was less crowded. Everyone there is rooting for you too! Now that I've worked off so much weight I look at people in the gym with larger BMIs and feel so proud of them! My friends told me that's how they felt for me too all along (which was part of the reason most of their skinny butts put up with entering the gym, just to support me). You can also think about how many other 'fit' people in that gym were where you are today. It's all about just forgetting about the others around and making it a positive experience! Good luck and go for it!
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Fitness Minutes: (32,367) Posts: 367 8/29/12 10:34 A
First of all, props for getting up the courage to go to the gym! The first step is always the hardest.
I don't think you should ever be self conscious about making healthy choices. In fact, I'm sure others will applaud you for making the right decision to exercise (I definitely do!)
Is there a friend you can team up with to hit up the gym? I know I definitely feel more confident when I'm working out with someone who's at my fitness level - even when super fit jocks are around. We challenge each other with mini-competitions, too!
If not, maybe you could try going when there are fewer people there? I did that for a little while, and it eased my tension about others seeing me working out.
P.S. I like your quote! :)
Edited by: KAYELLEBEE at: 8/29/2012 (10:35)
Just take five minutes to regroup, and don't ever forget to make time for what makes you happy.
Fitness Minutes: (10,098) Posts: 68 8/29/12 10:11 A
So I don't feel I belong at the schools gym. I'm 24 with a BMI of 34 (at a major state university were most people are 17-21 and fit). I have so much anxiety about going to the fitness center here. I went in yesterday to a meeting room (trying to join a weight loss program) but I didn't really go into the gym area. Everyone walking in was jock like. No one was even "average" let alone "overweight".
How can I get up the gall to go in? How can I make it feel like I belong?
"I regret that doing that workout"- said no one EVER
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