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The gym can be an intimidating place, but Steph Claire Smith has the tips to make it seem much friendlier.
Now that gyms have reopened many of us are eager to get back at it, but after months of working out from home it’s only normal for gym anxiety to weave its way into our consciousness.
Gym anxiety will look and feel different for everyone. Perhaps you feel like your body has changed, your fitness levels and strength have reduced or your confidence to move your body around others is lacking after working out in the comfort of your home for so long.
Regardless of what might be making you a little nervous to step foot back into the gym, it’s important to remember that these thoughts are valid.
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Here are my top tips for combatting gym anxiety:
1. Use the resources
Often we forget that the gym staff are there to help and make our time at the gym better. Whether it be a question about how the lockers work, when classes run or how to use a piece of equipment – ASK! This will immediately make you feel more under control and comfortable.
2. Have a plan
Not only will you be in and out faster, but you’ll feel more confident knowing what equipment you need and where you need to set up. Our KIC workouts are designed to be completed anywhere, at home, in the park or at the gym! Every week the planner gives you a variety of HIIT, Strength and Boxing workouts each with a written breakdown of the session and equipment needed. It’s just like having a PT in your pocket!
3. Headphones on
Music is such a good motivator and helps you get in the zone and tune out everyone else around you. When you focus on the song playing and the exercise at hand it leaves very little space for you to also tune into those around you which is often a trigger point for many of us.
4. Lock in a gym buddy
Having a gym buddy provides support and motivation and will help you walk in, move around and embrace the experience with confidence as you won’t feel alone!
5. Don’t over commit
If you’ve gotten yourself into a really good routine of exercising, let’s say 3 – 5 times per week, aim to complete half of these workouts in a physical gym or studio and the remaining from home. Our new freedoms will reintroduce social and life demands that we’re not used to fitting into our days, leaving us with less time to focus on ourselves.
The beauty of online fitness programs like KIC is that you can literally roll out of bed and finish your workout in 20 minutes, there’s no commute or the need to arrive early to secure your spot in the class, you can workout when you want, wherever you want. Complementing your gym workouts with online fitness will allow you to keep smashing your goals, leaving you with more time for life’s busy demands!
6. Remember your why
By reminding yourself of why you are there and taking time out of your day to move your body, you’ll be able to combat that natural instinct telling you to retreat. Remind yourself that you are there for YOU and nobody else.
Your time there is going to benefit your physical and mental health and you’ll never regret a workout!
7. You do you
Lockdown has definitely changed the way we workout. If you’ve fallen in love with the ease, comfort and routine of working out at home there is absolutely no pressure to rush back to the gym.
You’ve proven to yourself that you can achieve incredible results from home with minimal equipment so I encourage you to continue to do what makes you happy!
Steph Claire Smith is the co-founder of Keep it Cleaner.
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