Not to sure what the best approach to fitness for you is?
Anxious about getting started and not being able to stick to it?
Feel as though you’ve tried everything and nothing works?
I’ve decided to do a little series about things to take into consideration when it comes to finding the best approach to fitness for you. First of all, I want to talk about the importance of taking where you’ll feel most comfortable into account when taking on any fitness program.
Some of us are more anxious and self conscious than others and that’s completely fine. It’s all very well to say ‘don’t worry about what other people think’, it’s next to impossible for many of us to not have that cross our minds, particularly when we’re just starting out and we feel like we have no idea what we’re doing.
Feeling comfortable in your surroundings is a very important part of the puzzle if you hope to make it a lasting habit. You may find that as you become more confident in what you are doing and your fitness improves, you’ll feel more comfortable in a variety of different settings. The most important thing initially, is to find something you can do in a place that you feel comfortable in right now.
So what are the options?
- At Home – Often a great place to start if you’re feeling self conscious and would prefer some level of privacy. You could exercise inside your house, in your backyard, in your garage or on your driveway. There are plenty of things you can do in your own home with little or no equipment (bodyweight exercises, dumbbell exercises, resistance band exercises, floor exercises) or you could have a trainer come to your home to work with you.
- Outdoors – You could venture a little further from home if you prefer to be outside and think you’ll be more comfortable out and about. You could head out to local parks and reserves to do some physical activity (it could just be walking or running around with the kids!). There are also outdoor group training options in a lot of areas.
- Gyms or Personal Training Studios – There are a number of options and every place is different so if you think you’ll be most comfortable exercising in a more formal, gym setting (solo, with a trainer or in classes), it definitely pays to visit some of them to get a proper feel for them. Have a look at their websites and social media profiles if you’re not sure that you want to physically go there just yet.
I can remember when I first started trying to get fit and I was personally mortified at the idea of anyone seeing me exercising. I used to exercise in my parent’s lounge room. I would kick my brother out, shut both doors (and all the curtains!) so there was no chance anyone would see me. As I gained confidence, I would go out for more walks and a few hikes. The first time I really went into a gym was for my first job interview after I’d lost 40kg.
Everyone is completely different when it comes to where they feel most comfortable and confident so don’t feel as though you have to join a gym to see a personal trainer or that you have to see a personal trainer at all. Start where you are comfortable right now and go from there. This is your journey, it’s about what is right for you!
I will be back in coming weeks with the next part of the series. I would love to hear where you feel comfortable exercising. Jump on over to our Facebook page and let us know.