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Getting Over Your Fear of the Gym

Posted Mar 02 2013 12:00am

This is a guest post by Dave West.

Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience. It’s like the first day of class at a new school or starting fresh at a new job.

Too often, people let jitters and butterflies in their stomach get between them and their personal health. Going to the gym doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. It can actually be a lot of fun once you get settled into a routine.

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Here are some methods to help people overcome their fear of the gym.

Choose the Right Gym: Sometimes when people hear the word gym, they think of grunting body builders pumping hundreds of pounds of iron. It’s important to realize that not all gyms are the same. There are all sorts of health clubs that cater to different demographics. The key is to find a gym that fits your personality and fitness goals. Visit a few gyms and take tours of their facilities to find the right one for you.

Educate Yourself: Some are nervous to go to the gym because they don’t know the first thing about exercise. That’s okay. Everyone has to start somewhere. Find a gym that provides the resources that you need to learn about how to properly exercise. You could also read books or subscribe to fitness blogs. Knowledge is a great medicine for soothing away gym fears.

Go With Others: One of the best ways to get settled in at a new gym is to go with a friend or a family member. It helps to provide support. It’s also an excellent way to stay motivated. You can push each other to go to the fitness center.

Focus on YOU: When some people arrive at a gym, they start to compare themselves to others. They say, “I’m not as strong as that guy,” or “I’m so much slower than that woman.” That kind of mentality will kill the gym going experience for just about anyone. Focus on you. Don’t pay attention to others in the gym.

Avoid Peak Hours at Gym: Some people hate being in crowded areas. Some gyms can get packed at certain hours of the day. If you’re just getting started, consider visiting the gym during slow hours. This is usually early in the morning or later in the evening. Check with the staff at your health club to find the slow hours.

Listen to Music or Watch TV: Sometimes listening to music or watching television while exercising can help you tune out all of the outside distractions so you can focus on your workout. Considering taking along a portable music device the next time you visit a gym.

Dave West is a fitness expert and enthusiast. When he is not writing about fitness, he manages several fitness clubs in Scottsdale , Arizona.

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