Do you pay for a gym membership that you don’t use and dusting off your running shoes? Do you worry about getting fit? You are not alone, so don’t worry!
A growing number of sports psychology and fitness authorities claim that fear is one of the main causes of exercise abandonment. Here are some easy techniques straight from the pros to help you overcome your fear and resume your workout.
Reevaluate how you define exercise. You don’t need to do it in a gym; just think of it as a movement. Exercise includes gardening, walking the dog, and playing tag with your children.
Observe environmental regulations. Find a fitness environment where you feel supported and welcomed. Don’t try to keep up with fitness freaks at the gym; instead, walk or jog around your neighborhood or on a trail.
Try the water out. If you want to try a new workout, first try it at home by borrowing a video from a friend or the library (before entering into a group situation.)
Understand your triggers. Stay near the back if you enjoy the solitude of a fitness class. Start by engaging in a self-contained exercise like yoga to reduce anxiety.
Activate the horsemen. If you’re the social type, try engaging in supportive group activities to divert your attention from your fears and make the task seem less daunting.
Concentrate on the good. Consider all the positive effects exercise can have on you. The exercise aims to make you happier, more energized, and less stressed.
Finding a comfort zone in a health club can be difficult, so it’s time to reconsider your workout routine and face your fears. Focus on moving in these ways if your previous attempts at fitness have left you running for cover.