Rewind to myself in a gym five years ago and I was desperate to feel less self conscious about exercise. I was guessing my way through training, attending a range of exercise classes and trying the latest diet craze. No matter what I tried my weight would always fluctuate and I developed a strained relationship with my body image. After a short burst of good intentions something would put me off course and I would give up. I’d then settle for the same defensive justification of that a fit, athletic body wasn’t something I would ever be able to achieve.
Before meeting my husband (Mr Body Reach) I didn’t know much about fitness and would go to the gym every week with good intentions but would literally want the floor to eat me. Research carried out by Nuffield Health states that a third of 18-35 year olds feel too self conscious to exercise in a gym. They can be quite hostile places sometimes, so, I started to follow the online Body Reach Journey from home and built my confidence to a point where exercising is my passion.
Here are 5 ways to get over feeling uneasy about exercising:
- Have a structured training plan to follow.
- Keep workouts short (no more than 20 mins) so they fit into your lifestyle rather than dictate it.
- Get your partner/family involved because support and camaraderie are priceless.
- Keep a record of what you achieve in each session so you can track and celebrate progress.
- Move, sweat and embrace the release of serotonin that exercise gives.
The hardest place to start is at the beginning but that first step is so worth it. Have a look round the Body Reach website to see if we can help you too.