Gym anxiety is a very real thing, and it can even get to the point where we stop going to the gym altogether. This is why it’s so important that you find ways to either overcome your gym anxiety or at the very least, manage its intensity. After you finish scheduling your appointment with ThriveMD, let’s get into 5 tips to overcome gym anxiety.
Listen to Music or a Podcast
Listening to music or a podcast is a great way to help you overcome gym anxiety. Usually, when you’re feeling overwhelmed or insecure about being at the gym, you’re stuck in your own head. When you listen to your favorite tunes or an interesting podcast, it’s easy to get your mind off of those unhelpful thoughts. That’s why we recommend that before you head to the gym, create a perfect playlist to help you focus on your workout and avoid feeling anxious.
If you go to the gym without a plan, you might experience some anxiety. After all, you don’t want to walk in with no idea where even to start. Do you go to the squat rack, hit the benches, or try out the machines? Coming up with a workout schedule will help you know exactly what you’re going to the gym as soon as you scan in. This can help you to overcome feeling stressed about what to do once you get there.
Go at Off Hours
Sometimes people have gym anxiety because they’re overwhelmed by all of the people that are surrounding them. This rings especially true if you’re new to the gym and feel a little insecure about training in front of others. That’s why we recommend that you go to the gym during off hours if your schedule allows it.
Best Gym Times if You Have Gym Anxiety
- Late morning between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Early afternoon between the hours of 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Late evening between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Bring a Friend
It’s normal for you to experience gym anxiety if you’re new to working out. One of the best ways to overcome your gym anxiety is to invite a friend along with you. You’re much more likely to feel relaxed and comfortable when you have a friend next to you during your workout. As an added bonus, a gym buddy is also great at helping motivate you to make it for your workout!
Remember: Nobody is Looking at You
One of the most important things to remember regarding your gym anxiety is that nobody is looking at you. Most people at the gym are there to work out, which means they’re focused on what they’re doing. Usually, people at the gym are also incredibly supportive of newcomers. So, if you start to feel anxious about what others think of you, don’t sweat it!