Self-conscious? Try These 4 Tricks to Boost Confidence at the Gym
Are you avoiding the gym because you’re afraid of what others will think?
Do you find yourself struggling with negative thoughts that are preventing you from starting your fitness goals?
When you’re first starting out in the fitness realm, it’s understandable that you’re nervous and uncertain of where to begin. However, that shouldn’t stop you from striving for that new body.
Let’s take a look at the best tips and tricks for boosting your self-confidence so you can get into the gym.
- Drown Out the Noise
One of the best ways to stay focused on yourself and your goals at the gym is to drown out all of the other noise. Bring your phone, a pair of headphones, and your favorite motivational music. Music has a great way of pushing you to keep going long after your body has thrown in the towel. Most importantly, you’ll be able to control those negative thoughts and push yourself to finish the workout.
- Go on Off-Peak Hours
Gyms, like restaurants and stores, have peaks and dips in the amount of people traffic that comes through. In your average gym, there’s the morning rush and the afternoon rush.
Peak hours in the morning are typically from 5 to 7 a.m. while in the afternoon, the gym is going to be busiest at 5 to 8 p.m.
If you’re nervous about the amount of people around you then try to get to the gym during the late morning, early afternoon, or well after dinner.
- Make the Investment in an Instructor
Yes, you can do your research on Google but nothing beats the personalized instruction of a professional. Even if you only hire a trainer for one month, the amount of knowledge you’ll acquire will be matched only by how much confidence you gain. When you know what you’re doing, you can walk around with more confidence. It’s the lack of experience that drives insecurity in the gym. Invest in a trainer and you’ll be investing in yourself.
- You’re Not the Only One
Regardless of your fitness level, we’ve all started somewhere. We have all performed an exercise incorrectly or used a machine the wrong way. So take a few deep breaths and remember that you aren’t the only newbie in the gym.
Take it easy on yourself. Laugh at your mistakes and remember that there is going to be a learning curve in everything you do. You’re not going to be a fitness guru after one or two sessions. Keep at it and you’ll watch the improvements stack on top of one another.
Just remember to be supportive of other newbies when you’re the knowledgeable one.
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