Fear Of Being Judged At The Gym: 5 Steps To Overcome The Fear
According to research published by Sport England, most women would like to use the gym more often, but don’t due to a fear of being judged. The body of research dates back to 2014 when Sport England decided to hold several focus groups for women, of ages between 14 and 40 to try to understand what the main reasons were that held these women back from going to the gym more often. The Telegraph reports that the biggest reason by far was a fear of being judged, including being embarrassed with regards to their sporting abilities and concerns over their physical appearance in the gym.
These findings are still relevant in 2017, with FitRated asking 1000 Americans what was stopping them from going to the gym. Around 65% of women surveyed indicated that they had missed a workout for fear of being judged according to the Daily Mail.
Some women regard the gym as a place of competition, where it is not possible to workout unless they are wearing a full face of makeup or the cutest fashionable clothes. There is also the fear of exercising incorrectly, or that their body shape isn’t acceptable. So how is it possible to rise above this fear of being judged?
Here are five things you can do to overcome that fear:
- Firstly always remember that most people going to the gym are there for one sole reason; to exercise and try and attain their fitness goals. Yes there may be individuals at the gym who are there to parade their physiques, but this does not represent the majority.
Keeping this important point in mind, if this doesn’t help you with your fears, perhaps a change of environment for your workouts would be suitable? You may feel more comfortable going to a ladies only gym or moving to a smaller gym.
- Consider getting a personal trainer. A personal trainer will make you accountable for your workouts and inspire you to exercise on a more regular basis. They can also teach you how to use different gym equipment which will open up new forms of exercise for you and give you encouragement whilst you’re working out.
- The Daily Burn recommends taking a group class, as they promote a feeling of “safety in numbers”.
- The Daily Burn also suggests working out during office hours when the gym floor will be less crowded and quieter.
- Workout with your mates! The “safety in numbers” principle is again key here and they will also motivate you and keep you accountable.
We hope that these tips will help you, if you have a fear of being judged at the gym!