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Stop Hating Exercise and Start Loving It: Part I

Recently I asked you guys to tell me all the things you dislike about exercising so that we can find ways to turn that hate into love. One issue that stuck out is, "I feel out of place at the gym and have no idea what to do."

To this I say, everyone has to start somewhere. Everyone in that gym was not born working out; they had to learn how to use the gym and all the equipment too. No one thinks you're weird because you don't know how to work the treadmill — it can be confusing. So don't be afraid to ask questions and take your time. Bring magazines and articles with you that help explain things a little better. First day jitters at the gym are a lot like your first day of school: Everyone has had one and everyone understands. Everyone there had to figure out where the towels are and where is the best place to do sit-ups and stretch.

Try and stop thinking everyone is a professional gym-goer and stop worrying that everyone is looking at you and judging you. Chances are they are just trying to figure the whole gym thing out for themselves too. Besides, more likely than not, you are not the only beginner. If joining a gym is a little daunting, remember that you are definitely not the only newbie. If you are taking a class and tire quickly, mess up or fall, you can darn well bet that you are not the first one to ever have that happen. If you're starting on a stationary bike and can't figure out how to turn it on, join the club because we've all been there.

Stick to it and one day you'll be able to help out a newbie who is stumbling around like you were when you first started.


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Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Whenever I'e joined a new gym, I try to get one free personal training session. For that first session, I ask them to show me the basic stuff and how to use it. That way when I come in next time, I'm not fumbling with how to do something I can just do what I need to do. Learning from someone who works there helps me feel like I know what I'm doing a bit more
melda melda 9 years
i exercise in my room so i wont have to deal with stupid people i dont want to talk to
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I used to hate the idea of going to a gym to work out in front of other people. Then I just got over myself and went and didn't care if people stared at me. I found out that I wasn't the only one that was intimidated by the equipment...there are other people there that are just as insecure as you are, most likely.
Tweetybird2286 Tweetybird2286 9 years
I just hate the way i look. When i go to the gym there is nothing but skinny girls there, i just wish i was one of them again. Gaining weight sucks!!!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i HATED working out at first toO!!.. i always felt like everyone was watching what i was doing!! haha.. and then after a few weeks i was like ook wow so these people dont really care about me and they are here for the exact SAME reason!! haha.... so now i go to the gym almost daily! and i love how it makes me feel! :)
kungfubunni kungfubunni 9 years
There was a guy who fell in our sculpting class one time. I was just impressed he had the nerve to come to a class full of women! Plus, the grapevine warm up can be tricky!
kristennn kristennn 9 years
This was totally me two weeks ago! I gotta say, the one thing keeping me away from the gym up until then was definitely the intimidation factor. But once I got there and realized it wasn't so hard to operate a treadmill, I got over my gym anxiety and now I've made going there a routine!
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 9 years
Great article. I too always feel self-conscious when I go to the gym.
nancita nancita 9 years
Great pointers, Fit. I used to worry that everyone was secretly making fun of me at the gym. But now that I'm a regular, I can safely say I hardly pay attention to what anyone else is doing! And on the occasions that I do notice a newbie, I'm just happy to see someone else getting fit.
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