5 tips to build confidence in the Gym
The thought of going to the gym can be daunting for everyone, so we've put together some useful tips for getting over those first mental barriers to get you on to the gym floor...
Set your own goals
You're only training against yourself, so set realistic and achievable goals that suit you and your lifestyle.
Pick a self-motivating playlist
Nothing gets us going like a good playlist, get yours prepared before going to the gym so all you have to do is click 'shuffle play' and get your head down.
Think of certain affirmations that tackle any lingering anxiety - everyone has something to smile about, what's your happy place? It usually helps to remind yourself why you are in the gym and what you want to achieve, it makes that extra 10 minutes on the treadmill or the final workout finisher that much easier.
Ask for help.
So instead of avoiding a machine because you’re scared you’ll look clueless, ask someone how to use it. ‘Your chimp may think that exposes you as a gym idiot, but it allows the other person to think, “Here’s a chance to show my knowledge.”
It may sound silly - there's nothing fun about that 20 minute cross-trainer session, but this is about you working to be the best you you can be. In exercise – as in life – the magic happens outside your comfort zone.0