Get Ready at Home
A lot of people don’t feel prepared to start at a gym when they’re trying to get fit. Perhaps you don’t want to show anyone your body as you work out. Or maybe you’re nervous about not knowing what to do and feeling awkward. If you just don’t think you can go to the gym yet, try starting at home. There are lots of ways you can get fit at home if you want to lose some weight or perhaps make sure you know what you’re doing. If you learn a workout with some weights at home, you can look and feel more confident when you use them at the gym.
Attend an Induction
Don’t worry if you have no idea what to do with any of the gym equipment. You’re not the only one who feels a bit clueless. It’s much better to admit that you’re unsure than to go ahead and risk hurting yourself. That’s the exact reason that many gyms have induction sessions, so you can learn how to use each piece of equipment. Some places will even require you to attend one before you’re allowed free reign of the gym. You’ll feel much more confident and knowledgeable, and you’ll see you’re not the only one who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Choose Comfort Over Style
Dressing for the gym can be a major concern for some women. You want to look and feel good, even if you’re going to end up a bit of a sweaty mess. Just remember that comfort is more important than style when it comes to sports gear. You can look great and feel comfortable, but the two don’t always go together. Think about what you’re doing before you get dressed. Some activities aren’t suited to wearing anything too restrictive. Whereas, you don’t want to wear anything too tight for other things.
Go with Friends
If you’re feeling self-conscious about going to the gym alone, try to go with some friends. You’ll all feel much more confident if you can talk to each other. You won’t be thinking about whether anyone else is looking at you because you can distract each other. Being alone at the gym can feel isolating and make you feel like everyone is staring, even though they’re not. Going with friends also helps you all to stay motivated and stick to your commitments.
Going to a new gym can be nerve-wracking, but you can find ways to feel more comfortable. Be prepared, take a deep breath and walk right in.