The Gym Fear: Taking the First Step
I recently joined a new gym and even though I have been a member of many different gyms throughout my life, I have to admit that I was nervous when walking through the doors for the first time. At Hilton Head Health we have Guests from all fitness levels; some actually work in the health field and just want to be re-invigorated and others who are being introduced to fitness for the first time. I would like to encourage everyone to take that first step and to not let your fear of feeling like an outsider keep you from making your health a priority—to join and actually visit a gym that’s right for you. It can be intimidating joining a new gym—figuring out their equipment and getting accustomed to their fitness instructors.
Here are a few tips to help you take that first step in finding a gym that’s right for you:
- First, choose a gym that works with your schedule. 24 hour gyms are popping up everywhere so if you have a hectic schedule, this might be right for you. Also, ask for a group fitness class schedule before deciding to join. Pick a gym that offers classes at times that work for you. Remember, don’t be afraid to try something new!
- Once you’ve joined, ask for a tour of the facility so you feel comfortable in the new environment. Many gyms offer a free initial consultation, during which an instructor will show you how to use each machine and help you come up with a fitness routine.
- If you are interested in getting a trainer at this gym, do your research. Here’s a post on what to look for in a good trainer.
This post was inspired by an article I read on one man’s journey to losing 175 pounds after being scared into changing his lifestyle. His story is quite inspirational and I encourage you to read the article here. No matter what your obstacle, don’t let your fear of failure keep you from success.