Scared of the gym? 6 things to help chase away your fears.
I meet a lot of people who are scared of going to the gym. This makes perfect sense of course. There are a whole lot of complicated machines and odd looking random pieces of equipment hanging about. Not to mention people prancing about flexing at themselves in front of the mirror. So why should you ignore this and go anyway?
1. No one knows what they’re doing the first time. In fact some people never know what they’re doing and keep doing it anyway. Before you even sign up to the gym get a professional to help you. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, you can ask a trainer to design you a bespoke programme and check in with them a couple of times a month. I offer this service to my clients and they get great results. They can call on me whenever they need help or advice, they always receive current relevant programmes, and they work hard because they know I’m keeping tabs on them!
2. Ignore the posers. People who prance about and flex their muscles in the mirror can appear intimidating, especially if you’re only starting out and don’t yet have any muscles of your own to flex. Remember that these people are only interested in one thing, themselves. You will go entirely unnoticed, unless you get between them and the mirror of course.
3. You meet cool people in the gym. Some of my good friends I’ve met from training on the gym floor, or from chatting in the changing rooms. There are a lot of lovely people who hang out there. It’s also a great opportunity to find a training partner who will help keep you motivated during your sessions.
4.More gym time, less drinking time, smaller waist size! Training and drinking just don’t go well together. If you know you’re heading to the gym in the morning evening drinkies the night before are out of the question, and if you’re heading to the gym in the evening, you’re already busy so you can’t go to the pub anyway. All of which add up to a fitter healthier you.
5.Cheaper health insurance. If you keep yourself fit, you get cheaper health insurance. What’s even better is you’re less likely to need it!
6.Time to catch up on your favourite soaps or sports channels. Most gyms have t.v’s on or above their cardio equipment, so while you’re warming up or resting after a tough interval, you can tune into some good trash t.v.
What other reasons can you think of to help wannabe gym bunnies rise above their fears and get down to the gym? Please let me know in the comments below.
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See you next Wednesday, which is a very special day as I will be flying to my beautiful home country New Zealand for an amazing 5 weeks!