Here we are with another long overdue fitness related post. I thought I’d write a little bit about regaining gym confidence today as I recently rejoined my local gym. I haven’t stepped foot in a gym since July so as you can imagine I was a little apprehensive about the dreaded return.
With the house move, the renovations, the sorting out everything else, fitness has fallen by the wayside just a little. I did manage to keep up running until October and then it just stopped.
My anxiety worsened, I stopped leaving the house and I started taking comfort in far too many packets of biscuits. And donuts, all the donuts.
Stepping on the scales and realising that I weigh the heaviest I’ve ever weighed (apart from when I’ve been pregnant) has shocked me back into action.
I have to admit I did notice that everything was getting a little “tighter” and with us being on a budget and Christmas approaching I can’t really afford to put more weight on and buy new clothes, so back to the gym it is.
Have a plan of action.
I think the easiest thing for me returning to the gym is putting together a plan. What do I want to achieve? Is it realistic? To begin with I’m going to stick with my running and get myself back up to my 32 minute 5K runs comfortably.
Once I’m back where I was, I think then will be the best time to start adding in some extra exercises. I used to really enjoy the kettle bells so I imagine that will be were I get drawn to over the next few weeks in the gym.
Take is easy.
I made the mistake of thinking that I could just waltz in and jump on the treadmill and smash a PB. After 7 weeks of not running, or moving and just eating, that’s a big no way.
I ached like crazy and even felt sick whilst trying to push myself too hard. I had to cut my first trip short and failed miserably. This did nothing for regaining gym confidence.
I’ve learnt my lesson though and plan on taking it easy, over a couple of weeks to build myself back up. Once I’m there, that’s the right time to start working towards new goals and targets.
Plus it avoids frustration, disappointment and worse possible injury.
Create a playlist in advance.
I found that when I used to have my set playlists it was great. I could go in and get on with it without any faffing around. Obviously the last time I stepped foot in the gym was July and music has moved on a lot since then.
This meant that my playlist was outdated and I ended up wasting valuable time trying to find something motivating to run to.
I tend to prefer pop and on odd occasions I like dance music but that’s the only kind of music I can get on with whilst at the gym. I have no idea why.
Find a gym buddy.
I’m lucky that my husband goes to the same gym and although we don’t workout together while we are there. It’s nice to know that I have that support available if needed. Especially as I find being in a room full of strangers quite stressful and I’m still learning to control my anxiety symptoms again.
Maybe there is a friend that already goes to a gym that you can tag along with. Or find a class as these tend to be quieter and you can befriend one of the other attendees for future gym sessions.
These four things have really helped me in regaining gym confidence and I know that it’ll all pay off eventually.
If I can do it, anyone can. Promise.
– Emma –
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