If you don’t know where to start when it comes to working out at the gym, and the thought of stepping foot inside gives you anxiety, have no fear! As a Health & Fitness Expert, I stopped by Fox Chicago to provide ways to feel less self-conscious and how to maintain motivation for working out.
How can you stick to a workout routine?
The mental side of getting in shape is certainly half the battle. As a private weight loss coach for women, these are my top tips:
1. Think about your big reason WHY.
The bigger the reason why the easier the how! What is your big reason for getting healthy? If you’re struggling to get motivated, start by simply thinking about the short-term results. Dig deep and get specific. Ask, “Why do I want to workout today? How will it help me today?”
2. Reinforce what you like about your body.
Part of the work I do as a weight loss coach is to help my clients change their self-talk. What we focus on grows, so focus on the positive. You will start to feel better inside. And the great news? When you feel good, you make good choices! It’s going to be much easier to get to the gym if you’ve practiced some self-love and given yourself a pep talk before you ever leave your house.
3. Get in tune with how exercise makes you feel.
Keep a journal and write down how you feel after every workout whether it’s just a walk or time spent at the gym. You’ll have it to look back on for motivation and inspiration. It will also help you be more aware of your body and the direct benefits of exercise to your emotional and mental health.
What if you’re intimidated or self-conscious about going to the gym?
Here are my top tips to feel more confident in the gym:
1. Exude confidence by smiling and using good posture.
When our outward body language is confident, it actually affects us on deeper level. The body starts to release the hormones to match your facial and body positions. Fake it till you make it!
But hey, looking the part never hurt either and I encourage all my private weight loss clients to invest in the right shoes and a gym outfit they feel good in. Never underestimate the power of a cute outfit!
2. Stick to dumbbells (NOT machines)!
Fiddling with cable machines can be stressful and confusing! Don’t mess with the equipment when you first get started. It can intimidate you! Stick to dumbbells unless you’ve had a trainer walk you through all the strength training machines.
3. Put earphones in WITHOUT music so you can hear what’s going on around you.
Music pumps you up, but if you’re in a new surrounding–don’t put the music on! Put in the earbuds, but instead listen to your surroundings and take in the new environment. It will help you feel more in control and that will boost your confidence.
If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.
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