Gain Confidence at the Gym

Going to the gym is a great way to get in shape, lose weight, and sometimes even make new friends, but if you're not happy with your body, going can be hard. The good news is you don't have to let nerves keep you from a good workout. Here are some tips to gain confidence at the gym (and in life too).

Pretend It's Not You
Sometimes it's hard to be objective about yourself. Whether you're evaluating your choice of gym wear or your progress in reaching your weight-loss goals, it can help to get out of your head. One way to do that is to pretend it's not you when you look in the mirror. Since most people are more forgiving of strangers than ourselves, imagine you're looking at someone else can help you be objective and gain confidence.

Remember Everyone Else is Also Preoccupied
Many people who battle self-consciousness think that everyone around them is as focused on their (often imaginary) flaws as they are. In reality, most people are too focused on themselves to really pay too much attention on other gym-users. Many are just as self-conscious as you are, and those that aren't worried about how they look are worried about a host of other things that have nothing to do with you.

Focus on the Task at Hand
You can also gain confidence at the gym by focusing on your own workout, not comparing yourself to other gym goers. Put on some headphones and listen to your favorite music while you pound away at the stair master or treadmill. After a few sessions, you'll get used to focusing on your routine rather than the people around you. Another trick to boost your confidence is to try something new, like a group fitness class, X-bike class, or Body Fit Training.

Recognize How Far You’ve Come
It’s easy to overlook the progress you’ve made. So the best way to keep track of your goals and accomplishments is to keep a fitness journal. Recording where you started about how far you’ve come will help you see that you are getting stronger, building muscle, losing fat, and feeling more confident than when you first walked through the doors all the weeks ago.

Remember, living a healthy and balanced life is your ultimate goal. So don’t sell yourself short of your progress and abilities.

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