6 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Working Out

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1. Problem: Fear of injury
Solution: Start with less intense classes

The level of difficulty of some gym classes can feel too intense when you’re new. If you go too hard in an attempt to keep up with the class, you might hurt yourself. When scanning the group exercise schedule, look for “level 1″ or “beginner” classes, such as Beachbody’s 3 Week Yoga Retreat, and save any class labeled “extreme,” “high-intensity” or “boot camp” for later in your fitness journey. Also, at the start of class, let the instructor know you’re new so they can offer support.

Also, make sure you have the appropriate shoes for whatever workout you’re doing. This will provide the correct support for your joints and reduce the chances of injury. It’s also important to make sure your muscles are warmed up, so don’t forget to warm up with a light jog or a few minutes of jumping jacks before you go full throttle.

Good form is another component to avoiding injury. Many gyms offer introductory classes or beginner workshops for everything from Spinning to cardio kickboxing.

If it’s been quite a while since you’ve broken a sweat, take to heart the old adage of learning to walk before you run. While walking, you’re in control and you can tune into your body and walk faster or slower accordingly. The idea is just to MOVE your body so don’t worry if it’s not crazy high intensity workouts.

2. Problem: Fear of looking bad in public
Solution: Work out at home

If only we all had the coordination of Justin Timberlake, but alas, most of us exude awkwardness when it comes to nailing workout moves. Luckily, when working out at home, only your cat will witness when you kick left instead of right. Another common stressor related to looking bad is showing up late to fitness classes since many people rush to the gym after work.

You can remove these obstacles entirely by opting for a streaming service like Beachbody On Demand. Not only can you access hundreds of workouts for all levels, you can also do them anytime and anywhere. You choose the trainer you like, which intensity you’re up for and for how long. I LOVE my BOD workouts! I even have been doing them while on vacation right now. I access them on my computer but you can use your phone or iPad. Message me if you want more info and how you can get a special limited time ALL program access challenge pack as part of my NEW YEAR NEW YOU challenge. We use these workouts in our accountability groups which brings me to the next point…

3. Problem: Fear of failure
Solution: Create a support group

This one’s a biggie. People may be afraid of failure and not even realize it. If you’re not on top of it, this underlying fear can lead to procrastination or not even trying at all. OR maybe you have failed before and then it just seems like one big vicious cycle.

The best way to overcome this fear is to face it head on. Write out your fitness goals, have a plan, and tell people about your plan so that they can support you and hold you accountable. I have a private group of women who we all support each other to stay on track. It’s easier to not show up for yourself, it’s harder when you don’t show up for a group of other women.

“Embrace the failure, it’s a beautiful thing” says Horton. “Failing is learning and learning is good.” Horton says that every time you fail you have two choices: either you courageously choose to try again, or you choose to let fear stop you from trying again and your world gets a little smaller. And, if you repeatedly let fear call the shots, your world continues to get smaller and smaller, along with your confidence. “If things don’t go well or according to your expectations, so what?” exclaims Horton. “Find people in your life who will encourage you and work with you in a positive way so the experience is awesome no matter what.”

4. Problem: Overwhelmed by the stimuli at the gym
Solution: Tune it out

Gyms, especially at peak workout times, can be a multi-sensory experience — exciting to some and overstimulating to others. The bright lights, loud music and competitive spirit are intended to get you pumped up, but that doesn’t work for everyone. If the only thing spinning while you’re on an indoor bike is your head, find your focus with a good pair of noise-canceling headphones and listen to music that has a steady beat that is in-sync with your workout. Other tips to help you focus and reduce anxiety are to watch TV while on the treadmill or elliptical, or listen to an audiobook to shift your attention from your chaotic surroundings.

“Focus on you,” says Horton. “Don’t compete with the people around you. Work out at your own speed and in your own way. Do your best and forget the rest.”

5. Problem: Working out is not fun, in fact, it’s miserable
Solution: Find something you enjoy doing

One of the best parts about adulting is doing what you want (within reason). That applies to exercise, too! Choosing an exercise that is fun for you will shift the focus from seeing your workout just as a way to burn calories, to seeing it as an enjoyable way to spend your time. If dancing lights you up, try a dance workout.

Another way to enjoy your workout more is to take it outside, enjoy the sunshine and the cool breeze. Go running or hiking. Pause to listen to the birds, pet the neighbor’s dog or smell a garden of roses. Anything to bring happiness into your workout helps!

6. Problem: Extreme anxiety about exercise, in general
Solution: Take mind-body classes

If your anxiety runs high, consider starting a mind-body exercise routine, such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates. Not only do these forms of exercise help us relax and get more comfortable in the body, they can help us understand ourselves from the inside out.

Beachbody has the perfect yoga series for beginning yogis. 3 Week Yoga Retreat features three yoga experts who take you through the foundations of yoga, all in the comfort of your own home. So you can stretch, breathe, and try new yoga moves while no one is watching! As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest the amazing benefits yoga has to offer not only for the body but for the MIND!

Not sure what kind of exercise is right for you? Check out this quiz to identify which workouts work for you.

*reposted from BB Blog


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