We all know the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, by consuming healthy foods and participating in regular exercise. You may have read or listened to how healthy eating and exercise can help improve your mood, help fight illness and even prevent heart problems. So, you know that fitness is a good thing! But for some people, knowing in your head that fitness is good and actually getting out to the local gym and getting involved in exercise can be extremely daunting. So what’s holding you back from getting started? Sometimes it’s fear that stops you from throwing yourself onto the fitness train.
Here are 5 of the most common reasons that could be holding you back from living a healthy lifestyle through fitness.
#1 Not Having Time
Rated number 1 and rightly so! If you asked a group of people what their main reason was for not spending more time in the gym training and living a healthier lifestyle, this would almost certainly be number one. “I just don’t have time”, “My kids won’t allow me the time to exercise”, “I work really odd hours” are all very common reasons, but are they enough to warrant skipping out on getting your health on track?
Training doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time the way you think it might, in fact you can break a sweat with just 30 minutes of training and immediately start reaping the rewards that exercise has to offer! Change your thought patterns and start asking yourself “what could I do right now to improve on my fitness?” Then before you know it, you’ll be thinking of cool ways to get fit and seeing opportunities everywhere! It can be as simple as going for a walk in your lunch break, going to the gym instead of watching TV (most gym’s are 24/7 now), or taking your dog for a walk.
#2 Feeling Intimidated
I do believe that people have created a fitness environment where most people don’t feel comfortable training and getting into shape. Gym should be a sanctuary for everyone to feel welcome. I’ve seen it and hear it time and time again, that gyms are havens for show offs, posers and the downright rude. For most newbies, going to gym can be a HUGE hurdle to overcome and I’ve been there myself. If you have the fear of looking stupid, or struggle with low self esteem, perhaps social anxiety or body image issues, well you're not alone. Heading to the gym can be a very intimidating prospect.
Thankfully there are some solutions that can help ease you into training at the gym and feeling more comfortable about living a healthier lifestyle. Taking a friend, participating in classes, joining an all women's gym (obviously women only) are a few ideas that can ease the feeling of intimidation and increase the feeling of confidence.
#3 Not Knowing What To Do
We’ve all been there - even the veterans who resemble Greek Gods had to start somewhere! You’ll find that some people pretend to play it cool and look like they know what their doing, but it’s completely fine to not know how to do something. Don’t get discouraged and give up, keep in mind that everyone's fitness needs are different, you do you!
Here are some tips that may help you in this situation.
- Find a beginner friendly gym or one that fits your individual needs
- Start out with low impact cardio
- If you can afford the extra cost, make an appointment with a PT to show you the ropes, and try to replicate what they have told you
- Get familiar with the layout of your new gym, this will save you from any confusion trying to find the right equipment to use
- Do some research. There is a mountain of information online that can help you before you start.
- Print out a program or two and bring them to gym with you
- Never feel bad asking for help if you need it
Going to the gym doesn’t have to be as daunting as you think, if you follow any of the above steps, who knows, you might just start loving gym and start to feel more confident about living a healthier lifestyle!
#4 Never Getting Results
There could be a number of reasons why you may not be getting the results you were hoping for with training. There are many solutions out there for most people to reach their fitness goals, however, it can simply come down to trial and error. What works best for you and your body type, just don’t give up on the search to find what works for you!
If you complete the same routine over and over, day in, day out, your body will adapt very quickly to the demand, and will result in, well, no results. It’s important to shock your body, whether it be with a cheat meal or a big shake up at the gym, keep your body guessing, I always make very small changes every week for eg. doing 1 or 2 more extra reps than last week, or moving the weight up slightly than the last session. These very small changes will give you awesome results over a period of time.
Consider whether your training has enough intensity needed to see changes. If your casually walking on the treadmill, or lifting weights that you can look around at what everyone else is doing, your not pushing your body to its limits. Push your body out of it’s comfort zone.
No only can training be the culprit of no results, but taking a closer look at your food intake is also important. Most people understand what calories are, and understanding that your total daily energy expenditure should be more than your calories consumed. If your wanting to know more about calories and how to measure what your total daily energy expenditure is, CLICK here.
Just remember, training and exercise has a lot of immediate health benefits, even if you can’t see dramatic changes straight away.
#5 The Fear Of Being Judged
It is a common fear amongst people, the thought of being judged. In all honesty, although it can be very daunting walking into a new gym environment for the first time, you will soon realise that everyone is there for the same reason you are, and are so focussed on what their doing that no one is watching anyone else.
Focus on yourself, listen to your own music, take your own training program, put on some comfy clothes and do your thing. Be confident, get familiar with the equipment and just have fun!
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