How to overcome the fear of going to the gym: 5 tips

By SSPDaily editionJan 20, 2024 21:30 PMSociety
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How to overcome the fear of going to the gym
How to overcome the fear of going to the gym. Source: www.healthline.com

There is little doubt that good physical fitness is the key to preventing chronic diseases and increasing life expectancy. Exercise also improves sleep, controls blood pressure, and helps you lose weight. In addition, it is a powerful tool in the fight against stress, panic attacks, and depression.

The latter, according to the BollyInside website, looks especially ironic when it comes to "gym fear," which psychologists also call the problem of "gym stimulation." In particular, experts note that people often experience spontaneous anxiety when it comes to visiting a fitness center or using certain equipment there.

"This phobia," says Brookelyn Suddell, director of strategy and group fitness development at Crunch Fitness in New York, "is common to people of both sexes, all ages, and nationalities. "It doesn't even play a role in the level of physical fitness.

At the same time, psychologists confirm that "training stimulation" is more often experienced by those who are new to such circumstances, have problems with their physical form, or generally feel uncomfortable in public places. People are most afraid of the possibility of being judged or faciing inappropriate behavior from others.

Another reason for fear is the unique environment in the gym. While people come to other public places with specific goals,  everyone in a gym solves their own problem. Someone is improving their health, someone is getting fit, and someone needs to achieve social recognition and respect.

"Thus," Suddell explains, "all of these people are in close proximity to each other, but we don't know why each of them is in the gym.

Such uncertainty can contribute to feelings of judgment or inadequacy, especially if a person cannot achieve what others can or is unsure how to use certain equipment.

How to overcome feelings of uncertainty

Here are some useful tips:

  • Look for gyms that are inclusive and have a friendly atmosphere. Talk to the staff or take a tour to get a feel for the environment.
  • Set realistic goals. Start with small, attainable goals to build your confidence and gradually work your way up.
  • Don't hesitate to ask the gym staff or personal trainers for help.
  • Attend group fitness classes. They give you a sense of community and support. In addition, the instructor will always help you with the correct form and technique of exercises.
  • Focus on yourself. Remember that everyone has their own way in fitness. Don't compare yourself to others and enjoy your own progress.

By following these tips, you will overcome fear and feel more confident in achieving your goals. It is important to remember that everyone starts somewhere and that the gym is just a place for personal growth and improvement.

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