The majority of gym goers experience apprehension for one reason or another. In one study, nearly 65% of women admit to avoiding the gym due to anxiety or fear of being judged. Some people are better at hiding it, and other people have been able to move on from their insecurities. However, the same study found that you’re about twice as likely to feel like you’re being judged, than you are to actually be judged.
Chances are: unless someone is making a point of making you uncomfortable, they aren’t judging you at all. You could actually be their source of motivation!
Remember why you’re going to the gym, and write down your goals.
Whether you’re trying to get in better shape for a specific event or making a dedicated effort to take control of your health, write down your “why”. Avoiding illness? Class reunion coming up? Wedding? Making sure you’re healthy enough to be there for your loved ones? What is your Big Why?
Whatever the reason, write it down and put your “why” somewhere you can see it regularly.
Then, set SMART goals and refer to them regularly. SMART goals are:
This is a proven system that you can apply to almost any aspect of your life. You can find a fitness-specific template here, or get creative and make your own. Make sure you have short-term and long-term goals.
Reminding yourself why you need to go to the gym and having set goals and timelines will keep you focused. You’ll be less likely to talk yourself out of the gym if you remember why you need to go.
Unless you live in a very rural or isolated area, chances are you have several gym options to choose from. Price, hours of operation, and location will all play a role in your decision – but those shouldn’t be the only factors. Some gyms cater to hardcore fitness enthusiasts, while others specifically target the average Joe. There are even female-only gyms!
Make an appointment for a tour of the facility. Try to go during the time of day you expect to be exercising to get an idea of how many people will be there. Do they offer a free consultation or a trial membership for free? If so, take advantage of it to familiarize yourself with the equipment and personnel.
A gym’s culture and atmosphere can vary a lot from location to location and even by the time of day. You’ll just need to do some research to get started.
For more tips on choosing the right gym, give this article a quick read.
There is strength in numbers! Having a workout partner increases your odds of success in SO MANY ways! First of all, you’re less likely to bail on a workout if you’re meeting someone. Secondly, unless you’re at vastly different fitness levels, you’re both going to be struggling together.
Chances are that you know someone who is in the same spot as you are, fitness-wise. If not, ask the gym manager if anyone is looking for a workout buddy. Make a commitment to each other and yourselves to hold each other accountable. You’ll feel more comfortable when you’re not alone, and you can cheer each other on.
Another great place to find a workout buddy and make friends is in the exercise classes offered by your gym.
When you fail to plan, plan to fail. If you walk into the gym without a plan of action, you’ll probably spend most of your time there deciding what to do than actually working out. This will only make you feel more self-conscious.
Use a workout journal, an app on your phone, or download a template from the internet. Find a plan that is realistic, but challenging given your current level of fitness. Some gyms even have mobile apps specific to their equipment and locations.
Article by Ajima Jackson
As a model, actress and lifelong fitness enthusiast, Lisa Brown brings her highly refined aesthetic and passion to the collection she continually curates and presents here now as Lisa Brown’s Treasures & Gifts.
Here you’ll find a plethora of the unique array of products that blend natural health and heritage that will most certainly be appreciated by those who appreciate these qualities as well.
What she can’t find, she will design and make, as a savvy businesswoman, and that’s how the Inner Alkebulan by Black Lotus line of yoga gear and accessories came to life. There were no exercise mats reflecting the Kemetic roots of yoga, so she made her own high quality line using natural rubber and other eco-friendly materials.
So, please come on in, stroll my virtual aisles and pick out a few things for yourself and/or someone else you care for. Let me know what you think.
Our “Inner Alkebulan” yoga mats celebrate this African connection with various designs reflecting different regions of the continent. Now, feel free to proudly display your heritage and aesthetic with our unique, exclusive designs. Whether your practice is Kemetic, Hatha, Vinyasa, hot or any other floor exercise, you will find these mats to be not only attractive, but comfortable, durable and made from the highest quality materials. Buy one, or several, for yourself or as great gifts for the yoga and/or exercise enthusiasts on your gift list.
In addition to our premium yoga mats, you will find a fully stocked store with a cornucopia of great yoga and fitness accessories, high-quality health and beauty items, contemporary African fashions and, generally, things that will make you feel good about yourself and life. Our philosophy is simple – Amazing taste with minimal investment. Each item we carry is selected with intention, and quality is never, ever sacrificed. Why? Because, like you, we admit appearance and how we portray ourselves is important to the world. Care and confidence run deep in our veins, so we’re conscious about the things we own and understand how they improve our lives on a daily basis.
Tamisha Thompson has the type of beauty that’s hard to describe. Her beauty is otherworldly. She looks like an African mythical character. She is making a name for herself in the modeling industry. She has a website. Here’s what she says about herself:
My name is Tamisha Thompson and I am 24 years young. I’ve been modeling since July of 2015. It started out as just a favor for a friend, (the picture to the left of my bio is the first shoot I had ever done) and has become a big event in my life. Growing up, I always heard that I look like a model, or I should model, but I never saw it in me because, I had issues with self-confidence. After doing my first shoot, I knew that it was meant for me to model. Not only was I a natural at it, but I fell in love with my self and the skin I’m in. After that, I knew I had to make it happen. I plan on giving it all I got and to be one of the best to ever do it!
I am particularly interested in Editorial, Commercial, Swimsuit/Fitness, and Glamour modeling. I wish I could do Runway modeling unfortunately, I am only five feet. To me, being a model takes more than just a pretty face, it is an expressive art form that tells a story without words. I just want to be able to inspire girls, especially dark complected ones, like me. Like I stated earlier, I wasn’t always as confident as I am now, but I’ve learned there is no love better than self love. You have to love yourself no matter who you are.
I have worked in Atlanta, New York, LA and of course my hometown Pittsburgh. I plan on expanding as time goes on.
Sbahle Misane is a South African fitness and wellness motivator.