Overcoming Gym Phobia

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Published: 17th May 2013
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Oftentimes the fear of something occurs when we don't know or are unaccustomed to something in our lives. And for many, the fear of the gym is an ever present problem in their daily lives. The gym is an excellent place for exercising and improving one's personal health and fitness levels. As such, I feel that it would be a shame if these people never overcame their fears because of a few unknowns which were never brought to light. In this article, I will be addressing the three most common problems that people face, namely that they are too self-conscious about their current physical condition, that the gym-goers are intimidating, and that they don't have a clue what they should do at the gym.

Many people think that in the current physical condition they are in, they would be judged harshly in the gym and don't want to suffer the embarassment. This is an unfortunate train of thought because it's self perpetuating, with seemingly no remedy to the problem. But, where does one get into better shape if not in the gym? It's certainly possible to get results doing outside or home workouts, but the gym has all the proper equipment one needs to achieve results the fastest. But what's even more important to realize is that the people in the gym are so focused on their own workouts that they don't even take notice of what other people around them are doing. If you're feeling a little self-conscious, take heart; everybody is too busy doing their own thing to even notice you.

It's also worth noting that over many years of personal experience, I've discovered that gym-goers are generally friendly people who wish to help beginners rather than judge them. Not everybody was born with the perfect physique; most people had to work for it. Thus, you should understand that a lot of the scary looking, intimidating people are actually the people who can empathize with you the most. For the most part, they are more than willing to help you if you're struggling and will often go out of their way to show you the ropes. If anything, the most muscular people are probably the most humble, contrary to their appearance.

And for those of you who don't have much knowledge on what to do at a gym, there are plenty of places you can find information from. The most obvious being the internet, but just make sure that the websites you're reading are reputable. Another choice would be to purchase or borrow books from the library on health and fitness. The best choice would be to go to your local gym and ask for a consultation with a personal trainer. Personal trainers will have the experience and qualifications to give you the advice you need, and since they are well acquainted with the gym you plan on going to, they will be able to introduce you to the equipment much better than anybody else.

Overcoming gym phobia may seem like a difficult and arduous task. However, once you educate yourself and understand how the gym works, suddenly it won't seem as scary anymore. By understanding that most people are nice, that nobody is judging you, and that there are a plethora of resources for you to increase your knowledge of working out and fitness, there really should be no more reasons for you to have gym phobia.

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