We have all walked into the gym at some point and felt unease, anxious or worried. Whether that be on your first day or after going to the gym after years, we all experience it at some point. Maybe you’ve had a stressful day or your self-confidence is lower than usual. Whatever the reason it can bring you down and make you feel like you don’t want to be there which is not what we want! Below are some examples of negative thoughts at the gym and ways to alter your outlook:
That person keeps looking at me, I must look stupid
It is inevitable that you will catch someone looking at you when you’re working out, however that does not mean they are judging you. When I look around the room when I’m resting between sets sometimes I catch eyes with people, but it doesn’t mean I am judging them. I am simply looking around the room. But it is totally understandable to feel extra self-conscious if you are new.
You never know, they may be looking at you to get ideas for their workout or to admire how well you are doing. Don’t automatically jump to conclusions and think they are thinking negatively – have confidence in yourself!
I don’t know what I’m doing
Remember everyone has to start somewhere and everyone was a newbie to the gym at some point. Try not to put unnecessary pressure on yourself to look like you know what you’re doing. The staff at the gym are there for a reason – to help and advise. To avoid injury make sure you know how to use equipment properly so ask if you get stuck.
Joining gym classes can be a great way to learn new moves and find out what you enjoy doing. Your local gym should have a timetable you can book on to – why not take a friend along with you if you feel nervous about going solo. You could hire a personal trainer to show you the ropes for your first month or so and then carry on by yourself after that.
That was an awful workout, why did I bother?!
We all have bad days at the gym but it is the way we react to them that determines how feel. Feeling like you wasted your time is never a positive feeling, however ave you really wasted your time by attempting something? I think you haven’t as it would have been ten times easier to not go altogether, however getting inside those doors and giving it a go deserves some recognition.
Give yourself a pat on the back for giving a workout a go even if you didn’t achieve what you wanted to. There is always tomorrow so try not to overthink it.
I need to burn off those biscuits I boredom ate at work
Exercise is NOT a punishment for what you ate. Food is not a treat you need to ‘run off’. There are so many reasons to exercise apart from losing weight or burning fat, so start thinking of exercise as a form of self-care.
I shouldn’t be in here, I am not fit enough
The gym is for everyone, every body and no one should feel excluded. You are bound to see super fit people, however on the same hand you will see all shapes and sizes. Don’t feel intimidated by the muscles you see and never not feel good enough to be there. You have every right to go and work on yourself as everyone else.
It might be difficult but feel confident in yourself, and be proud to be working on yourself like everyone else in the gym.
Have you ever had to deal with negative thoughts at the gym? How did you overcome them? Leave your tips below in the comments!