Gym in Jan: Here's How to Boost Your Confidence!

January is the time to put your goals and resolutions into action, and for many of us, that means improving our health. A time to undo some of the Christmas indulgence by eating better, moving more and generally improving our habits- chances are you’ve even bit the bullet and purchased a gym membership. But if you’ve not been before or haven't been in a long time then you might be feeling a little insecure or uncertain about stepping in there. Here are some of the ways you can give your confidence a boost.

Educate Yourself
Learn about the different types of equipment and exercises available at the gym so you can feel more comfortable navigating the space. You could watch Youtube videos to refresh your memory if you’ve been before, or ask for an induction/ taster session if you’re brand new. One of the employees at the gym will walk you through each piece of equipment and explain how to use it. 

Get the Right Outfit
The clothes you wear to the gym can have a big impact on your confidence. You could look at sexy, form fitting options or just go with plain black leggings and a loose tshirt if that’s what you would feel more secure in. 

Have a Plan
Having a workout plan can help you feel more focused and in control. You can hire a personal trainer at the gym you’re going to, or use online resources to create a workout plan that suits your fitness level and goals. The gym can be an overwhelming place when you’re not sure, but if you have a couple of pieces of equipment picked out to use and know what you’re doing, you’ll do fine. 

Take it Slow
Don't try to do too much too soon. Start with a manageable workout that you feel comfortable with, and gradually increase the intensity as you become more confident. Don't focus on other people in the gym, everyone has their own journey and their own reasons for being there so even if it feels like others are doing so much more it doesn't mean you need to. Don’t overdo it and stick with your plan. 

Be Organised
Bring a water bottle, some headphones and a good playlist, a towel, and any other necessary items to the gym so you can focus on your workout and won’t feel frazzled because you’ve forgotten something you need. 

Find a Workout Buddy
Having a workout partner can make the experience more enjoyable and less intimidating. Ask friends, family or your partner if they’d like to get on board the fitness train and it’s something you can do together. You’re more likely to stay motivated and it could mean spending some quality time together too. 

Be Kind to Yourself
Regardless of your starting point, such as your size or fitness level- remember that everyone starts somewhere. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little uncertain at first especially if this is something new to you. Be patient with yourself and remember that you're doing something positive for your health.