Let's all stop being so hard on ourselves...
Building a healthy relationship with exercise and fitness is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but often our minds can be our worst enemy. Here are five thoughts we’re all guilty of having whilst working out and how to overcome them with a little self-belief.
1. Everyone is looking at me and laughing
No they’re not – they’re looking at themselves. Everyone at the gym is focused on their own personal goals, progress and workout. No one will be looking at you, and definitely not judging you. If they do look at you it will be an acknowledgment that you came to the gym whilst others didn’t. Be proud of yourself – building up the courage to actually get to the gym and work out is often harder than the workout itself! Build your confidence by investing in snazzy new gym gear and listening to a playlist that gets you pumped!
2. I’m not fit enough to be here
The gym is a place for absolutely everyone - and we all have to start somewhere. You may not feel at your peak physicality right now, but after a few consistent months in the gym you will most certainly be on your way there. Picture your future, fit self and make that your motivation. Don’t walk away and never give up. Everyone you see in the gym had a starting point. Your journey is just beginning, so keep going and think of your end results.
3. I don’t know what I’m doing
Figuring out which types of exercises you need to be doing can be a bit of a nightmare in the gym –especially when you see others navigating machines you’ve never even heard of before (we're so guilty of this!) The first step is to relax. Ask the staff or personal trainers at the gym for some tips on where to start – most gyms offer an induction session to get you started. If you’re still a bit nervous to ask, then watch some of the many exceptional blog posts and YouTube videos out there showing you different types of exercises that target different results and areas. Or why not go to a fitness class? Attending a class will teach you some new moves that you can start to incorporate into your own workouts, and exercising in a group will remind you that you’re not alone on this fitness journey.
4. I’m never going to burn off all the calories I ate yesterday
Once you stop viewing the gym as a punishment, then implementing regular workouts into your life will become so much simpler. By banishing the idea that exercise is for burning off everything you ate, you will be less likely to be disappointed at the end of a workout. If you had a bad day yesterday, draw a line and start again. Don’t go to the gym to punish yourself – go because it makes you feel good, you enjoy it and you know it will give you great results.
5. I had a terrible workout
We all have off days. Sometimes you get to the gym and your body just won’t cooperate. Perhaps you find yourself struggling to lift as heavy, or struggling to run as far. Don’t worry – you’re only human. Don’t feel disheartened – any exercise is better than no exercise! Just be determined to come back and smash your next workout even harder.
Tips provided by Right Path Fitness rightpathfitness.co.uk