With a new year right around the corner, it’s already time to start thinking about new goals. For a large number of women, getting in shape is at the top of that goals list. You buy your new workout shoes, invest in a gym membership, and… then what? For many women, stepping into a crowded gym is high on their list of anxieties.
Facing your gym fears
“One of the most common barriers to working out for women is self-consciousness,” says Jessie Carf, exercise physiologist with Kettering Sports Medicine. “I always tell women: be confident in your abilities. Don’t overthink it.”
When it comes to gym intimidation, a few key tips can help women get a better workout:
Ease your way into changes
If gym intimidation is a barrier for you, don’t let it stop you from working out! “There are always other options,” says Carf. “You can look up at-home Pinterest workouts, find online videos, circuit-train with bodyweight exercises at home. The internet is a great resource in finding more variation with exercise.”
Carf also advises women to find a workout plan that will be sustainable. “Sometimes people will get motivated and vow to run every single day. Well, often, that only lasts two weeks or so and then people experience burnout. Be committed to easing your way into a lifestyle change.”
Kettering Health Network offers a variety of programs and services to help you get into your healthiest shape. Learn more by calling 1-844-288-6683 (MOVE) or visit ketteringhealth.org/sports-medicine