Overcoming gym anxiety for resolutions


We made it through the first week of the new year … how are your resolutions coming along? According to an Inc survey, 65% made a resolution to exercise more in 2019.

Health and fitness resolution resolutions are among the top resolutions each year. In December alone, the Minot Family YMCA saw more than 200 new memberships.

“This month, we’ve seen 23 come in already. Which is pretty good for the first couple days. So we see a lot of people come in and we see a lot of people who don’t know what to do either,” says Tia Klein, Physical Director at Minot Family YMCA.

In a survey of 1,000 Americans, FitRated found that a little more than 50% have avoided the gym due to anxiety or fear of judgement.

“It was kind of hard, just because I didn’t always track what I was doing in the gym, but it wasn’t very motivating because I didn’t know what I was doing very well,” says Megan Blocher, [solidcore] participant.

But even the best gym-goers had to start somewhere.

“I had a class and I had, like, seven new people in there, and they were like, “Jayde, I literally died. I didn’t know what I was doing,” and I’m like, “Okay. Nobody knows what they’re doing their first class, like it’s hard. It’s awkward. It’s difficult,” says Jayde Haugrose, Coach at [solidcore] and Personal Trainer.

And all you have to do is ask.

“We also get these people who, they want to try something but they’re just too afraid to ask. And I show my staff, like, hey, if you see someone who’s kind of like, “What am I going to do?” we go up to them and we’re like, “Hey, do you need some help?” says Klein.

She adds that having a community can help keep anxiety at bay.

“The more I went, the more I understood the different machines and other friends went with me and it was just a lot more motivating to have somebody to go with you,” says Blocher.

And don’t give up.

“You’re going to be so thankful in three months that you stepped out of your box and you tried something new, and you’re going to feel so much better,” says Haugrose.

The survey showed that gym anxiety is more common among women with more than 60% answering that they have avoided the gym due to fear of judgement.

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