We’ve all been there. Whether you’re tired of the at-home routine, motivated to create a healthier you, or intimidated by other gym-goers – do not panic! These are common concerns before becoming an active gym member. These tips were created to ensure a more confident YOU, and provide some sources for a beneficial workout.
Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident
I’m not kidding – Although this may sound silly, being comfortable in your own skin and wearing clothes that make you feel good about your body can create a positive and exciting experience while at the gym. Like those bright blue leggings? Wear them! Or those new Nike sneakers? Enjoy them! That’s one concern to knock off your list of worries!
Create a playlist of music that pumps you up
We each have our favorite genre/artists of music that inspires and motivates us to accomplish our goals. Download a list of songs and create a playlist that you can easily access when at the gym. This is not only a great distraction from focusing on the people around you, but you will become more engaged in your progress when working out.
Develop a plan before heading to the gym
It’s much more difficult to be productive at the gym when one doesn’t have a workout plan. If you aren’t familiar with proper workout techniques or which muscles to strengthen, the website BodyBuilding.com is an excellent source of reliable instruction on how to properly execute certain workouts. Do not be intimidated by the advertisements or models performing the tutorials. It is a learning source for gym-goers of all levels of experience, and it will provide you with a workout plan if you have difficulty devising one.
Do not focus on other people
It’s very easy to become concerned with what other people are doing, how they look, and if they are judging you based on poor performance or appearance at the gym. If a gym member is judging you or making you feel uncomfortable, they are simply at the gym for the wrong reason. Remind yourself that people who are serious about working out focus solely on themselves.
Here are some aspects to focus on while at the gym: Are you using the correct weight? Are you counting the correct number of repetitions? Are you competing three or four sets of each exercise? By evaluating your progress at the gym, you distract your mind from the unimportant thoughts.
Bring a gym buddy
Not all people can excel at the gym while working with a partner. However, for starters, the constant motivation and person to speak with may make your gym experience a bit more relaxing.
Go grab that water bottle – it’s time to get lifting!