Do you steer clear of the gym because it intimidates you?
Do you think people judge you for how you look when you work out?
Are you unsure of what to even do once you’re in the gym?
A lot of people are intimidated by the gym, and the people in it.
When one walks into the gym, they see a sea of muscular, in shape individuals lifting weights and destroying the cardio machines. What people don’t pay attention to are the other, less in-shape people lifting those same weights, using those same cardio machines, and ultimately putting in as much effort and sweating off as much pounds as Mr. Universe on the other side of the gym.
Here are 3 simple steps that will allow you to enter a gym and do a workout without caring about what others think;
Step 1; Stop Trying to Find Excuses
“I don’t have time” – “I’m too tired”
1- You have time, find it. If you truly don’t have time, make time.
It’s not a secret that time is scarce. This is why you need to manage it correctly and plan it in order to allow time for a workout into your schedule.
If you don’t have time to workout, be healthy, and live an active lifestyle, you should rethink your priorities.
2- You’re too tired?
If you were in the shape you want and should be in, you wouldn’t be as tired as you are now. In fact, being active and in shape will ultimately awaken you and give you more energy. Energy will allow you to accomplish more than you are now, with less effort.
Once you’ve set foot in the gym, you’ve already made the first step into becoming healthier.
Step 2; Put Your Ego Aside
No, you don’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who cares?
If you’re in the gym working out, you’re showing people that you’re putting in effort to take control of your life and live a healthier lifestyle. Although exercise isn’t all of it, it’s a very important part of it.
I can guarantee you that most people don’t judge you; they respect you for the effort you put in regardless of what you look like.
“But Jonathan, what if they do judge me?”
Again – Who cares? You are doing this for you, not for them. Disregard any negative comments people may tell you or may think of you. You don’t need negativity in your life anyway, you are a positive, healthy individual.
Step 3; Create a Workout Plan
Afraid you don’t know what to do once you enter the gym?
Think people are starring at you thinking “what is he/she doing?” – (they aren’t)
If you do feel like this, fix it.
If you have no knowledge of what to do in the gym, what machines to use, or how to workout; seek out help. To my knowledge, every fitness facility has in-house personal trainers that are more than qualified to train you in a proper and safe way. Use them to your advantage, they are there for you.
If you don’t know how to workout in the first place, there’s a very big possibility that you won’t see results and you will be wasting time and money.
Yes, hiring a personal trainer to create a workout plan for you may cost you a bit more, but in the long run; you will see results and will ultimately feel more comfortable working out.
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