Gym anxiety or “gym-timidation” is a common problem for those who want to improve their fitness. Many people feel judged, like everyone is watching them step onto the treadmill or work with resistance bands. This feeling results in self-consciousness and inconsistent workout schedules. If such nervousness has kept you out of fitness centers for too long, use the following tips to take control and enjoy a healthier, happier you.
How to Banish Gym Anxiety for Good
1. Practice Proper Form
Prepare by first practicing proper exercise form at home or in your backyard. Use a mirror or have a family member spot you to ensure you do the workout correctly. You’ll build confidence as you improve and hopefully feel excited to try the equipment at the local fitness center.
2. Go During Non-Peak Hours & Bring Music
Visit the gym when there are fewer people, such as mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Early morning, lunchtime, and early evening after the workday are typically the busiest times. Create a motivating workout playlist to enjoy as you tone muscles and blast fat. The more you get into the music and your exercise form, the less you worry about other people.
3. Join a Group Fitness Class
Find a group exercise class that interests you, such as yoga, kickboxing, spinning, dance aerobics, or anything else designed to meet your fitness goals. Everyone in class looks at the instructor for the next move and has little time to see what those around them are doing. If you still feel self-conscious, get to class early so that you can work out in the back of the room.
4. Invest in Quality Workout Clothes
Feel confident while working out not only because you’re doing your body and mind a service, but also because you’re wearing comfortable clothes you like. Purchase quality workout attire that fits well and flatters your shape. Dingy, worn, and baggy clothing generally does not have that effect.
5. Bring a Workout Buddy
Ask a friend or family member to work out with you. A gym buddy helps you stay on schedule and provides someone to talk to the whole time. The combination of maintaining correct form and catching up with a friend or family member makes it easy to forget about everyone else. Besides, others are too busy worrying about their form to pay attention to you.
Create a personalized exercise plan at Fit Code, a gym that’s offered a holistic approach to health and wellness since 2009. Providing personal and group fitness sessions as well as nutritional counseling, this fitness center in Chicago, IL, is all about improving mental, emotional, and physical health. Call (773) 424-7800 today with questions, or review services and the schedule online.