Gym anxiety, I would like to start this out with a questions submitted to me by one of my readers.
” I’ve been working out for three months now, and I get gym anxiety when the gym becomes too crowded or loud. It gets to the point where I just leave and abandon my workouts. Is there any way to prevent this? “
First of all, I would like to thank one of my readers for submitting me this question. First you need realize that gym anxiety is more physiological then physical. Ask yourself two things:
- What’s making you anxious during these situations
- Why am you feeling this way
When I first started working out, I had the worst gym anxiety you can think off. I would do a set on my equipment, saw people entering the gym and would leave. You have to get out of your comfort zone and place yourself in an uncomfortable one. I still remember forcing myself to gym at 5 pm consistently for a while month. You literally could not get your hands on a single equipment during this time! But guess what? Overtime my anxiety completely went away because of this.
Let me tell you now, nobody cares what you did at the gym or who you are. It’s tough, but you have to ignore everyone and focus on yourself.
Gym anxiety tips: Here are some you can try to curb your anxiety.
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Avoid super crowded gym times
- Remember everyone has insecurities just like you
- Take deep breaths
- Bring a trusted friend to the gym with you
- Listen to music you love
- Wear a hoodie
- Realize nobody in the gym is paying attention to you
- Be confident in yourself
- Get enough sleep
- Positive mindset
- Realize everyone is just like you (You might have a fear of the gym but somebody can be insecure about the height)
- Having gym anxiety is just a mind set
Just remember, people who are in the gym only care about one thing, making gains! Sure you might run into a few jerks, but rest assure that 99 percent of gym goers are the nicest people you will ever meet. I met some of the most inspiring and motivating people in my life at the gym! So remember next time you head to the gym, keep your head high and go nail your workout!