Gym anxiety and feeling too overwhelmed to step into a gym (or any exercise environment) is very common.
It stops a majority of people reaching their fitness and health goals. Many of us know the scenario; you want to get fit and lose weight so you decide to join a gym. You start paying a weekly membership for your joggers to gather dust.
A couple of months pass and you decide “OK I better go”. You spend yet another week trying to find what to wear.
“What do most people wear these days?” You spend two nights frantically searching for trendy active wear on Instagram. Then you end up at Kmart and buy whatever you think won’t make you look like a wanker in a tank top.
You finally pull up in front of the gym… “Fuck I forgot my drink bottle… I will just have to go tomorrow” …yet another excuse.
Returning the next day, your heart starts racing and thoughts start flooding your mind;
“I have no idea what to do in there”
“What if everyone stares at me”
“What if everyone here is super fit and I’m not”
“What if I have to ask for help”
You start to sweat… You get so mad at yourself, “Don’t be silly”. You finally take a deep breath and walk in.
Once inside, you head straight to the treadmill (hell the only thing that doesn’t look like a torture device, and how hard could it be to use a treadmill). You step onto it and then proceed to stare at what looks like a spaceship control panel.
Five minutes after trying to work the bloody thing you end up on a cycle bike, barely breaking a sweat whilst googling a million different exercise plans in panic.
There’s no way you have the courage to ask the gym staff to show you how to use the equipment. How could you possibly expect a personal trainer who is qualified in exercise to show you what to do (sounds kinda ridiculous reading it doesn’t it). However, this is a very real and common thought many people have!