Do you feel too unhealthy to go to the gym?
Going to the gym can be hard.
Sometimes it’s hard to even consider walking into a gym or fitness facility. The staff is beautiful and super fit, the machines look like torture chambers, the members are uber-focused on their workout and don’t seem very friendly and often you can feel lost in the big gym space. I have been in fitness facilities for over 22 years and I STILL get that feeling sometimes. It’s hard! Not to mention that you are starting in a gym to get healthy and you may not feel very fit at this point. All of these conditions can quickly lower your self-confidence and keep you from showing up and reaching your goals.
Let’s make going to the gym easier.
Here are some tips to help you get over the new-gym hump.
Find an Accountability Partner.
Everything is better with a friend! We are created for connection, so find a trustworthy friend who will commit to walking through the gym doors with you and staying by your side.
Share Your Goals on Paper.
Before you start your new health-focused plan, grab a coffee with your workout buddy and write your personal goals with a deadline. Having them in your hand and sharing those goals with someone else makes them tangible and real. You will be more motivated to take action to achieve your health goals.
Take the Gym Tour.
Often with a gym membership, a trainer will walk you through the exercise equipment and the gym layout as part of a free tour. The trainer may offer the opportunity to purchase individual training sessions which is an excellent option for newcomers to fitness, but the free tour is part of the gym membership. You can use that introduction to get familiar with the equipment, cardio machines, group fitness studios and stretching areas. The more confident you feel in the gym, the more likely you will return and start exploring new ways to exercise.
Try a Group Fitness Class.
Did you know that one hour of Zumba, Kickboxing or Tabata can burn over 500 calories? -Layne Bruner
Did you know that one hour of Zumba Fitness®, Kickboxing or Tabata Training can burn over 500 calories? What?!? I can literally dance my booty off? Sign me up! I would also suggest the strength classes offered in group fitness. You will be in a setting where your instructor can teach you proper form so you know how to use weights and position your body correctly to protect yourself from future injury. Always tell your instructor if you are new so he or she will give you more attention and make sure you understand the class.
Make a Plan and Stick with it!
It takes around two months to form a new habit so find time to plan your week’s workouts in-between your busy schedule and make it happen! When you feel like slacking off and skipping your workout, call on your buddy for support. When you complete a month of solid workouts and healthy eating, reward yourself with a massage or something that makes your heart sing!