• Ciaran O’Connell

Don’t let a gym scare affect your health care

Everyone has been in your shoes. Stepping through the doors into a world of treadmills, weights, benches, Gymshark dressed girls and string vested lads.

You’re probably thinking some of the following things right? “Everyone will look at me”, “I don’t know what I’m doing”, “Everyone else is so much fitter than me”. These are all understandable feelings, but ones I’m going to put to bed for you.

The gym is a wonderful place, mainly because everyone in there has started exactly where you are now, the beginning of a journey. Nobody first joined a gym already fighting fit and where they want to be with their body and health. Let’s address each of those concerns I highlighted earlier.

“Everyone will look at me”

Fact is, everyone is too busy doing what they want to get done. The gym is packed full of people with headphones on, checking their phone in between sets or talking to their gym partner. The beauty of the gym is that everyone is there for their own goals, if they do notice you I guarantee you’ll be greeted with a smile, as they too will know you’re there to work on you.

“I don’t know what I’m doing”

Ask for help! Don’t aimlessly walk on a treadmill with no clue how to achieve your goals. Gyms have trainers on shift who are dying for you to ask them for help, that’s why they got into the job they’re doing - they want to help you. You wouldn’t start driving without a lesson, so don’t try to gym without some instruction/help. You can also get a personal trainer who will be able to tailor your training to help you reach your goals.

“Everyone else is so much fitter than me”

You can’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20. Fact is, some people in there will be fitter than you. But at some point, they were in your shoes starting at the beginning of the journey. Comparison is the killer, focus on why you are there and how you can improve.

One of the best ways to overcome the fear of entering the gym for the first time, or again after a long break, is to get a gym partner. This takes the weight off of everything, gives you someone to speak to, someone to push you, and someone to hold you accountable for going again.

The gym is a place for you to work on your goals. Don’t let external fears disrupt your internal drive to be healthier and fitter. After your first day in I bet you’ll have no problems returning again.

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