No matter where you look, it feels you are being forced to exercise. You’re not, of course, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that, wherever you look, there are washboard abs and fitties speeding down the pavement and looking like they’ve not even broken a sweat. On social media, it’s the same. Everyone is in the gym or holding up marathon medals. This can do a serious number on your self-esteem. But what if you don’t exercise because you’re scared to? Well, it’s not as bad as you think.
It Makes You Happier
Well duh. Everyone already knows exercise releases brain chemicals that fill you with that euphoric feeling that, for non-athletes, can be remarkably irritating. However, if you experience anxiety or depression, it’s something that could make a difference. Exercise is also one of the top life hacks for a happier menopause, and considering you shouldn’t need to look after the kids for much longer (fingers crossed), you’ll have more time to dedicate yourself to it and see the best results.
Wearing the Right Gear
If you’ve ever gone to the gym or for a run and feel you’ve entirely misjudged what you need to wear, don’t worry. You are not alone in this. Wearing the wrong gear, however, can put many people off exercising, especially if they suffered an injury after the fact, or even felt too sore to try again. Wearing the right gear dramatically improves your experience, so invest in breathable clothing and a decent pair of running shoes and see the difference.
Workout At Unsociable Times
Another reason people fear working out is other people. They don’t want to go to the gym and make a fool of themselves because they don’t know how to use the equipment. The solution to this is visiting at unsocial hours if possible. This is usually early in the morning or early in the evening. As the gym is mostly empty, you have your pick of all the machines, and you can ask the staff for some advice without feeling all eyes are on you.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
It is natural to compare yourself to others. There is always someone faster, stronger, and more motivated. But this isn’t good for your self-esteem, and it can make you feel like you’re not working hard enough. You don’t need to, and shouldn’t, compare yourself to others, though. Instead, all you need to do is compare yourself to yourself. Rather than watching in awe at someone lifting twice as much as you, work to improve your personal best. As long as you improve this, you won’t have the time to worry about anybody else.
There Goes the Fear
It’s perfectly natural to have a fear of exercise if you’ve never been one of those people. However, if you’re looking for exceptional health, or just want to make a positive lifestyle change, exercise is one of the best ways to do so. Once you realise there was nothing to be scared about, you’ll look forward to your next session.
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