10 Ways to Build GYMFIDENCE!
Gymfidence – Noun, Confidence in the gym or while working out
You’ve decided you want to get fit and start practising self-care – good for you! Exercise environments can sometimes seem intimidating, but this is usually just our perception of them, aka the unknown = scary.
However getting comfortable so you can just quietly get on with your workout doesn’t take as long as you may think and to help speed up the process, here are 10 handy tips to get you started…
Figure out when your gym is quietest and go then - if you Google the specific branch of your gym, it will tell you this – which is handy!
Go with a friend - sounds obvious, but if you've never tried it, it will transform the experience, you get accountability, someone to push you, someone to spot you, someone to halve any embarrassment you might feel; it's fun!
Put your headphones on AND your phone on flightmode. Spotify & Audible let you download songs/books so you can go in and be undisturbed by the outside world - letting exercise become your meditation. You favourite songs and podcast can help you power through and stay focused on what you’re there to do.
Have a plan & practise it beforehand. With competence comes confidence - if you know what you're doing, you can just walk in there & do what you want to do. Watch videos in advance, even practise the moves at home or at a free gym in the park, and after a few times you'll be a pro…
Or just do home workouts. They can be just as effective as a gym workout and it removes any external stresses. Buy a 5kg pair of dumbbells if you're just starting out and take it from there.
Or in fact, do you want/need to be there? If you've tried the gym before and just don't get on with it, that's A-OK - there are hundreds of different ways to build health and fitness into your life, you don't have to go to a gym if it's not your thing.
Treat yourself to some new workout clothes and trainers - it's modern armour and can inspire you to step it up. Plus it doesn't have to break the bank, TK Maxx always has a great sportswear section and the Christmas sales always have bargains!
Work with a professional to learn from the best; all gyms should offer you at least one free session to get started & the PTs in your gym may give you a session too, as they want your business - don't be afraid to ask and try a few out to see who suits you & your goals.
Take a step back & ask yourself WHY you're there. Just to get fitter is fine, but maybe you've got a child and want to be able to carry her without getting out of breath, or maybe you want to build confidence to apply for a new job - finding a deeper motivation can be amazing.
Think about how much money you're wasting every time you don't go - the more you go, the cheaper it becomes pro rata. Two sessions a month at £30 a visit, just to use the treadmill may not be the best use of your funds...
Oh alright, allow me one more…
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