Workout Wednesday: Building Confidence While Working Out
Since working out has not always been everyone's cup of tea, it can be hard to get back into the habit of doing something that, in the past, has made you uncomfortable. Whether it was intrusive thoughts about your own image or if you didn't know how to use the equipment in a gym, working out should still be an important part of your routine.
If you are someone who doesn't typically know much about going to the gym or how to use different machines, this post will address a few common issues. For starters, making sure you know what parts of your body you want to work on ahead of time can be a time saver, and it makes you feel like you know what you are doing. If you wanted to work on your abs and legs, you could look up different exercises that require a machine, or not, and find those items within the gym.
Writing down your progress after each time at the gym can also be a confidence booster. If after each week you feel your ability to lift weights is increasing, you can mark down how many repetitions you have done or if you have increased your weight. This also helps with understanding where to start in terms of weight as well as showing physical progress. If you are someone who likes to see results right way, this could be a good way for you to keep track of your goals as well.
Setting goals for yourself, even if they are small, can also address some feelings of insecurity while working out. If you aren't ready to set foot in a large gym, try using your body weight to work out from home. Many times, you can use house hold items like cans of soup, jugs of milk or juice, and other things to work out with.
Finding a way to get in at least 30 minutes a day of exercising can improve your mood, metabolism, and decrease risk of things like depression, heart disease and other cardiovascular issues. Digging deep for the confidence to do so can be daunting, but if you start small there's a higher rate of success!