Even if you want to get fit, there might be a few reasons that you haven’t quite got around to it yet. Read on for some possible reasons why you’re avoiding the gym – and how you can overcome those challenges to get back to fitness.
Not Enough Time
A chronic lack of time is a problem for many women. We live in a very busy world so it’s no wonder that’s an issue. We balance full-time jobs with long commutes, family responsibilities, social lives, healthy relationships and marriages, our parents’ needs as they get older, and, of course, our children. So, when we do get some free time, a lot of us don’t want to spend it at Cross Fit.
If that’s the case for you, it could be time to start figuring out what exactly your priorities are as fitness is so important. When you feel your best, mentally and physically, then you’re able to give more to others around you.
But, how do you carve out that extra time? It’ll depend on your lifestyle, schedule, family, and more. Maybe you could get up a little earlier to do half an hour of yoga in the morning. Or, talk to your partner so that you get a free evening from childcare to go to a zumba class.
Old Injuries are Why You’re Avoiding the Gym
If you have old injuries then you might be avoiding the gym. It could be that spinning hurt your knees, you have old shin splints from too much running, or you might have had injuries from team sports that you don’t want to end up reliving.
If old injuries are an issue for you, then it’s time to find something that works for your body. If you have painful knees, for example, try swimming, where the water will support your joints and make sure that you don’t get too sore.
Also, talk to your doctor; the best shoulder surgeons can alleviate or lessen the shoulder pain you get from playing tennis or another activity. And they might be able to figure out the cause of that persistent back pain that stops you doing everything you want in life.
For a lot of us, the reason for avoiding the gym is a lack of motivation. Who wants to spend ages on an exercise bike when you could be watching your favorite TV show or hanging out with your friends? If that’s an issue for you, then it’s time to find a sport or way of exercising that you like doing regularly.
For example, you might hate treadmills but love running in the countryside because of the fantastic views. Traditional gyms aren’t for everyone. But as soon as you find what activity you love, you’ll have the motivation to get off the couch. Yup, that’s you getting back on the fitness bandwagon!
Avoiding the Gym Because of Low Confidence
Finally, not everyone feels confident enough about themselves to walk into a fitness club and start lifting weights. If you’re a little overweight and out of shape and worried about it, remember that everyone at a gym was there at some point. If that self-conscious part of you is the reason for avoiding the gym, then read this statement:
It isn’t where you are now, it’s the journey that you’re about to take that matters.
To stop avoiding the gym because of poor self-confidence, begin by investing in good quality gym wear that you feel comfortable wearing for workouts. That gear includes quality footwear and a supportive sports bra. Also, make sure that you get someone to show you around the gym. They’ll explain what the machines all do before you start using them to lower your risk of injury.
Wishing you all the best! Lastly, make sure you see your doctor before making changes to your workout routine. That way you take proper care of your unique and beautiful body.