by Devin Almonte
You want to workout at a gym and get healthy, but you are extremely intimidated. You don’t consider yourself a gym rat and you’re not looking to be one. Look, I get it. It's intimidating. The whole environment can feel intimating. It doesn’t matter what age you are. That's because you are the outsider looking in.
Have you ever visited a gym and it feels like everyone there knows each other; they all seem to know what they are doing rotating from machine to machine? People are grunting harmoniously while they watch their arm muscles glisten in the mirror with periodic phone pauses woven into their workout because, after all, being on your phone 24/7 means you're important! Instead of Starbucks, an array of different colored smoothies and weird looking gel packets purse the lips of all the super fit ladies that walk by. On top of that, you’ve never seen so many butts so perfectly placed in all of your life. And now you are feeling like maybe you should have only had a couple slices of bacon with your eggs this morning instead of four.
Here are a couple of things to note. Is the gym intimidating? Yes, very much so! My advice? Recognize that it is intimidating and go anyway. Let this be your first fitness challenge. Before conquering the fat, conquer the intimidation. Once you do, you will soon realize that your fears are based on the superficial aura of the gym subculture. Please, don’t take me as being a hater of all gym rats and the gym lifestyle. I am one of the those gym rats that is always at the gym. That’s because I love it. Just realize that you deserve to be there just like everyone else. Remember, I guarantee that most of the people you see probably have no idea what they are doing (including myself much of the time) and are using the machines improperly. Clothes are just clothes and they won’t get anyone in better shape because they are in style. And the smoothies? Most don’t even know what they are drinking, but are doing so because someone said it was healthy. And it probably is somewhat healthy, but don’t make people out to be in a better position than you. Don’t fall into the comparison trap. You deserve a healthy life. Get started where you are, not where they are.
Gym intimidation reminds me a lot of Church intimidation. Saying that you’re not in shape enough to go to the gym is like saying that you’re too much a sinner to go to church. A lot of people of faith or questioning faith have trouble stepping into a church for similar reasons. They don’t feel good enough to be there. They see these bright shining faces and families who seemingly, have it all together. They look at their own life and feel that they can’t compete. They want to wait until they get their life in order first. "My drinking is out of control, I can’t possibly go to church. I smoke, what will people think of me?" Therefore, they don’t go! And their life never gets "in order".
See the similarities? You may have heard that the church is a hospital for the sick, not a shrine for the well. Same idea applies to the gym. But the result of a commitment right where you are, to both your faith and your health is a changed life.
Treat the gym in the same manner as the church or your faith. It’s a place to gain strength and wellness. It’s a place to become the better you. And I’m not talking about appearances. That is just a pleasant side effect of both the church and the gym. The more you go to church and delve into your faith, the better person you will become because it will infect your heart and body with soul. The more you go to the gym, the better health you will be in because it affects your heart and body. When you do such things, you physically look better, you feel better, you ARE better.
So where can you start to help you defeat your gymphobia?
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