Loads of really fit people with muscles bulging lifting heavy weights, cycling non-stop for 60 minutes straight, and grunting through a set of squats that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger envious--- all while barely breaking a sweat and wearing skin tight clothes that look super fab. And you here in the corner ready to hit the showers after 15 minutes of cardio.
You’re afraid to get started because you’re afraid to be judged on where you are, instead of where you want to be. Of what you look like now, in your baggy sweats that sort of hide the bulges in the wrong places. Of how far you’ve fallen off the fitness wagon when the heaviest thing you’ve lifted in a few years is a gallon of ice cream.
So you don’t start. You determined that the above is going to be your story, before it is even written, and avoid the gym like some people avoid heights, or sharks, or sky-diving. Because you’re afraid. And fear’s ok. It’s kept us alive through thousands of years of evolution. It allowed your ancestors to avoid the saber tooth tiger and not get wiped out by stampeding buffalo. (There aren’t any of those at the gym, though--- I promise!)
What I am saying is yes, fear’s ok. Except when it’s not.
If you are using your fear of judgment, or of being surrounded by a bunch of really fit people, or of not being able to make it through a Zumba class as an excuse NOT to be active, then you are hurting yourself. And your family. You remember them, right? The people who’d really LIKE to have you around for a while--- because who else is going to do their laundry and help them check the oil in their car? Who else is going to host all the holiday parties and referee any drunken arguments?
Still, the gym is a BIG step--- but it isn’t the ONLY step. Get up. Be active. Have fun. Ride a bike. Go for a swim. Take a long walk. Do what you can, from where you are. I am taking away your excuse that you can’t go to the gym for whatever reason--- whether it’s time, or fear, or shame or distance--- and that’s why you can’t improve your health.
Because you don’t need a gym to improve your health. You just need to commit to it. Because YOU are as important as all the people you take care of. YOU are valuable and deserving.
Take a step… and then another…
Maybe I’ll see you at the gym, and maybe I won’t--- but at least I have a better chance of seeing you somewhere if you start taking care of yourself.