Feeling shy and anxious about setting foot on the gym floor for the first time is definitely not uncommon. Gyms can be intimidating spaces, particularly if you’re new to exercise and are unsure of what you’re doing.
All too often, this anxiety means that you simply just don’t go - but the good news is that there’s a lot you can do to overcome these feelings and build up your confidence in the gym very quickly indeed.
First of all, choose your gym wisely. It’s important that you feel comfortable in the space or you won’t enjoy training, so check out the various options in your local area and go for some gym tours, checking out the facilities and seeing what’s on offer. You don’t have to go for the first gym you see. Take your time and make sure that it feels right.
Once you’ve found the perfect gym, you can start thinking about training. Remember that you don’t have to go and smash it from the outset, doing an hour or so each time. You can build it up and work exercise into your life in small increments, whether that’s 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 45 minutes to start with.
Another great way to really start feeling more confident in the gym is to sign up for a few classes. This will help you feel more at home, as you won’t be there on your own and you won’t feel so conspicuous when you’re in a group setting. You might even make a few gym friends, which will help you feel even more confident about going.
And speaking of friends, one brilliant strategy to help you grow in confidence is to take a gym buddy with you when you go. You can help each other stay on track and it can make it more fun, as well as making you feel more comfortable in a strange and unfamiliar setting.
The more you go, the more confident you’ll become and, before you know it, you may find that you actually look forward to picking up those weights and slamming those medicine balls into the ground.
Because exercise and training is so good for your mental health, as well as your physical health, you may also find that any generalised anxiety you may be feeling elsewhere in your life improves because you’re going to the gym… and that’s sure to make you want to go even more as time goes on.
Anxiety can be difficult to live with and it can be a tricky condition to manage, but one of the best coping mechanisms for it is exercise. The more connected you are to your body, the greater the benefits for your mind. So if you are considering joining the gym, now could well be the perfect time to do just that.
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