“I’m fat”. “I don’t know what I’m doing”. “I have more rolls than a bakery”. “Everyone else is perfect”.
These are all common thoughts that go through many peoples’ heads when they think about entering a gym for the first time in a while. People convince themselves of a hundred reasons why they can’t go to the gym. If these thoughts are something you are all too familiar with, you need a new perspective on things.
#1 Everyone will look at me!
Don’t be so full of yourself. No one really cares what you are doing in there. Perhaps people will give you a casual glance over because you are a new face in the gym, and new faces tend to stand out to the regulars, but that’s all it is. Just a glance to see if they recognize you. Or perhaps, if someone is looking at you, it’s because they are new themselves and have no clue what they are doing. People often look around the gym to see what other people are doing to get workout ideas for themselves. Unless you are in a ultra-intense bodybuilding gym, no one is judging you. There is a sort of camaraderie amongst gym goers.
#2 I don’t know what to wear!
Most people in the gym are not decked out in the spiffy yoga pants and $60 workout tops. Sure, there certainly are people like that in the gym, but you know what? The hardcore gym goers laugh at them. There’s no need to get all fancied up to workout. Just throw on a pair of shorts and t-shirt and you are good to go. You are there to get in shape, not sport the newest fashion trends.
#3 Everyone else is in way better shape than me!
First off, how is this a reason to NOT go to the gym? People may be in better shape because they go to the gym……that’s why you’re going, right? In all honesty though, most people at the gym are just about average. Everyone is in there trying to better themselves. Very few people will look down on another person trying to better themselves, no matter what their physical appearance may be.
#4 I won’t know what to do!
This is a valid concern, although something that is very easily taken care of. Look up exercises, have a Share It Fitness pro build you a specific workout for your goals, read fitness blogs like this one, search the internet, etc. In today’s world, it’s easy to find information on how to workout. Just be sure you are getting qualified, respected information before you jump into any workout plan. Enter Share It Fitness.
#5 I won’t know anybody there!
Most people don’t go to the gym to socialize. The ones that do often end up getting very little done, and are quite often the joke of any serious gym goer. You don’t need to know anyone to work out. Throw on your headphones and get to it. It’s really that simple.
#6 Everyone is looking at me!
Really, trust me on this one…They are NOT looking at you.