January brings about new goals, new motivations and a new start which for some people means they hit the gym. But for others, it might not be so straight forward. It’s so easy to feel as though people are watching and judging you, and with that comes a sense of anxiety. Sound familiar? Whilst I can encourage you to ignore those feelings, and get your arse down to your local gym, it’s likely not to lift the feeling of anxiety. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on the idea, or resign yourself to home training. I want to share with you my top ideas on how you can battle through your negative thoughts, and start pumping some iron!
Plan Of Action
It doesn’t matter if you’re going food shopping or heading to Brighton for the day, if you know where you’re going and what you’re doing you’re more likely to feel less stressed and at ease. Same goes for the gym, so grab yourself a pen and paper or just use the notes on your phone. What do you want to achieve? When you’ve worked that out. Write down some exercises that will help you work towards these goals.
Ask For Help
Whilst the above advice will help you feel organised and in control, you might not know how to plan towards your goals. The answer to this, is to reach out in the form of a knowledgeable friend, personal trainer or fitness instructors based at your gym. And of course, you always have the internet, just make sure you’re following advice that is relevant to your fitness level.
Take A Friend
Let’s face it, when you’ve got your best friend by your side, the world is yours for the taking! So don’t let the gym be any different, you’ve totally got this. Not only does it help to boost your confidence, but working out with a friend will mean there’s no skipping the gym! Find a friend that will have your back no matter what, and get sweaty together.
Change Your Mindset
Ever replayed a situation in your mind, where everything goes wrong? The chances are, it’ll happen in real life too. Your mind is a powerful tool, and you can use this to your advantage. Take a moment or two, sit down and imagine yourself going into the gym, play out the situation in a positive light. Try this a few times, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how your thoughts and focus, can then become your reality.
Music To You Ears
The best way to shut the world out? Listen to your favourite songs! If you haven’t already got yourself suitable headphones, treat yourself to a new pair. Listening to music will help you to focus on yourself and give you that extra push you need to keep going.
Embrace The Unknown
Life isn’t all straight lines, but to grow and progress we have to challenge both our body and mind. Treat this new step as a challenge, and tick it off one week, day and month at a time. It might not be easy now, but when you look back in a years time, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start earlier.