Hi. Wish me luck. After reverse shoulder surgery 6 months ago, my dr. cleared me to work out every other day. So, with a hundred pounds to go, I am going to brave New York Sports Club and start using the machines.
I second the recommendation for water classes! Not only do you get a great workout, they are SO MUCH FUN!!! My gym has Aqua Zumba and Aqua Fit cardio/strength classes, and none of us worry about what we look like. We're too busy having fun and trying not to fall off our pool noodles!
Edited by: MSCAROLM at: 10/15/2018 (06:33)
Spark People Starting Weight - 260 lbs Goal Weight - 190 lbs Weight as of 10/14/2018 - 245.0 lbs Cigarette and nicotine free since 11/7/2007.
Water exercise classes are a good way not to be seen -- I'll even sometimes continue the previous exercise and not do the current one and nobody will notice.
But the reality is that, no, nobody cares about you in the gym -- unless you're using a weight machine that someone's waiting for, or the meatheads are there. And the meatheads judge *everybody* not just the new members.
What a great idea. I too am embarrassingly overweight and worry about how i am going to look when I start my gym membership in November. I changed my Medicare plan recently to cover Silver Sneakers. so I can afford to go. I will still have to walk 20 minutes or so just to get there, and then that long to get home again. This will be a tremendous effort for me. They have a pool so I hope to walk there and then relax a bit in the pool. I am working up to the walk in October so I can handle it in November. Given that I am willing to do all this to lose weight and get fit, I have very little to be embarrassed about! I will try to remember that. I hope you do too! I am glad you posted on this subject, thank you, because I have been worried about it and now I feel a bit supported.
We cannot solve problems using the same ideas we used to create them. Albert Einstien
I am really overweight for my height and sometimes when I go to the gym I feel insecure when some young fit body steps up on a machine next to me and starts pounding out a strong workout. I have decided to bring a book to the gym! It keeps my eyes off of what other people do so I don't feel insecure and its safe enough as long as I stick to the treadmill and bike machines for cardio. Sometimes I do the elliptical or stairs but its hard to read on those machines. However, at those machines there are spaces for phones so I can watch something on youtube with the free wifi. My point is there are solutions to this problem and it will not defeat me... I read weightloss books too at the gym and its a big motivation. I never read those books outside of the gym so I tell myself if I want to read it then get to the gym and I go. Its a good motivation for a bookworm like me:)