One of the biggest reasons people fear going to the gym, is the high cost or the binding long term contract. However, the runner up—and for some it’s the winner—is the all-embracing intimidating atmosphere in most gyms. You know–husky guys, petite well-toned women, and designer workout gear all around. Admit it, it can be a little overwhelming, and if you’re not focused, it can drive you right through the front door. But before you dash for the door, considering doing these four little things:
Face the Facts
The truth is, a lot of the husky men and trimmed women did not start out at the gym that way. They were probably out of shape and unmotivated. But with time, hard work, and consistency they were able to achieve their dream body. Instead of feeling out of place, use them as your motivation to keep exercising. If they can do it, by the grace of God, you can do it too. Additionally, remember that everybody is built uniquely different, but we’re still all special.
B.Y.O.S (Bring Your Own Style)
One of the best things you can take to the gym is your self-confidence. Be comfortable in your own skin, in your own clothes. Although you may be at the gym to transform your body, it is still vital for you to love yourself. If you bring your own swag, you won’t even be concerned with measuring up to the next person decked out in their under armour active wear. Don’t try to wear what everybody else is wearing, but wear what makes you comfortable for maximum mobility. Don’t get sidetracked, the gym shouldn’t be about looking cute, but about achieving your work out goals. You’re going to get sweaty anyway!
Bring a Friend
You’ll feel less intimidated and more compelled to perform if you are working out with a friend or family member you feel comfortable around. So convince a girlfriend or one of your football buddies to hit the gym with you. Maybe you could even sway your spouse to join you. Whoever it is, a gym-buddy can be a great asset to achieving your better body. Just be careful not to get too carried away with side talks and giggles.
Take God to the Gym
You would be wrong if you believe God shouldn’t be in the gym. It might seem like He has better things to do, but your goals are very important to God—regardless of how insignificant you think they are. Stay focus on God and His abilities to guide and sustain you. Don’t be afraid to ask for His help. It may seem pretty simple, but God is a God of the little things. If you refuse to put God first in your efforts to work out, success will be fleeting. So invite God in and stay committed.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)
What aspect of the gym do you find most intimidating?