Why Aren’t You Going to the Gym?

Do you think going to the gym is fun? If you’re like many of my clients, fun is not a concept they associate with exercising in a gym—at all. Here’s why:

  • I’m ashamed of my current shape—I need to get in shape before I go to the gym
  • I don’t know what to wear, what to do, where to begin
  • I feel like everyone is looking at me—everyone else is in shape
  • I hate to sweat
  • I feel intimidated by the equipment, the members, the trainers
  • I had a bad experience (in PE, at the last gym, during a previous class)

Sound familiar? Why would you go to a gym if one of the above sentiments resonates with you—let alone even think of it as being fun?

In my experience, you will have more success achieving your weight loss goals if your gym experience is fun.

How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Start Having Fun

Any of the above reasons can be powerful impressions that block your way and keep you stuck. But they are limiting beliefs that you can overcome. Here’s a tool I use with some of my clients: Commit to the idea that…

Nothing or no one is going to keep me from getting in the shape I desire and deserve.

You can do this. Believe it. Commit to it. Repeat often. Hang out with people that support you. Think about the long-term. Choose to feel better.

That means you will do whatever it takes to break through the checklist of limiting beliefs that are standing between you and the gym. It might be something as simple as investing in some awesome gym shoes and clothes that make you look and feel great, or something as complex as—albeit liberating—letting go of your past.

To help you get started, next week’s post will feature Barbara Robitaille, a local Transition Coach who offers remarkable support to help people through all types of transition—including releasing limiting beliefs that keep you stuck.

Until then, Go Well!