• Nathalie Bordeaux


Updated: Oct 26, 2018

Conquering Fitness Class Anxiety

Listen, life is crazy, and it can be so hard to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and go to that fitness class that you have been considering at the local gym. School, work, the kids, errands are all the things in our lives that can work against us in the journey to try and work out regularly. Another thing that can affect our desire to get to the gym is the anxiety and fear that surrounds it. You may want to join that class, but there are so many different things that may be going on in your mind that can stop you from doing it.

Here are some great ways to help you get over the anxiety that stops you from joining that class.

We all have body insecurities.

There may be certain things about your body that stop you from joining a class. You may think that your thighs are too big or that you are too overweight. You have to remember that everyone has those insecurities. Those insecurities are the reasons why people are going to the class in the first place. Once you understand that everyone has those feelings about their bodies, it can make it so much easier to go to the gym.

It is a group of people that could become new friends.

All of the people in a fitness class are people that have a common goal. This can become a place where you can make new friends that can help to support one another in their individual fitness journey. It can become a time for you to go and hang out with your gym friends and go out for a great lunch afterward. If you consider it a way for you to socialize (especially those moms and dads that need some time away from the kids), it can ease some of the anxiety that may be keeping you from the gym.

No one wants to take a class that is no fun.

We discussed earlier how difficult life can make it to get to the gym on a regular basis. If you choose classes that are fun for you, it can make it so much easier. No one wants to go to a boring class that seems like an extension of work. It should be a place for you to have a good time and leave there feeling better than you did when you walked in the door. This will make it so much easier to get to that class every week.

Everyone in that fitness class is just as nervous and anxious as you are. Just like you, they have had thoughts like, “I can’t take a fitness class, I am too out of shape,” or “I am afraid to take that class because I have never taken one before.” Every person in that room is having those thoughts too. Once this negativity is put out of your mind, it will be easier to get to the gym and the more you go, the more that anxiety will melt away.


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