Gym Anxiety? 7 Tips That Will Help You Overcome Your Fitness Fears
2. Avoid Peak Hours, Bring Music
Our next tip details what you should bring to the gym and what time you should go. If you are already feeling intimidated by the hoards of fitness junkies you expect to see at the gym, go easy on yourself at first and deliberately avoid peak hours, as many would agree that an empty gym is much less stress-inducing than a crowded one. There are definite times of the day when the most number of people are making their way to the gym — and that’s typically in the early morning hours before work, and right after work around dinnertime. Gyms are usually ghost towns after 8 p.m., so if your schedule and energy level allows it, try to either visit the fitness center midday or later at night. That way, you can navigate your own routine without tripping over other exercisers, and you can focus on only yourself.
In addition, when you go to the gym, be sure you bring music — especially if you are feeling intimidated. Putting your ear plugs in and zoning out to motivational music can silence the other gym goers and give you the push you need to keep going.