Working out is something that we all know we need to do, but don’t always want to do. And it’s the latter than tends to hold us up. Because exercise can be hard, and there’s nothing like being faced with something difficult and that we don’t feel all that confident with to just stop doing it altogether. Or worse – just not even start.
So when you’re a little intimidated by the idea of exercising, you tend to put it to the back of your mind and just forget about it altogether. But when you realize that you never have any energy, or that you’re starting to put on a bit too much weight, you know that you need to take action. And fast. So let’s take a look at how you can get your confidence back and learn to love exercise.
Start Off Small
The best way to do this, is to start off small. Because if you try to get out there and take on anything too big, you’re likely to find that you’re just going to burn out and scare yourself again. So, forget about going to the gym or joining a scary boot camp, just get out there and do something. Go for a walk or attend a fun dance class with friends. The idea of this is to get your fitness levels up and get you used to the idea of exercising regularly.
Dress To Impress
Now that you’re exercising a little more regularly, you need to think about wearing the kind of clothes that are going to make you feel confident. Although you think hiding in those baggy clothes cover you up, they can actually make you feel worse. Instead, you need to find the right sports bra, workout leggings and shirts that are going to help you move and feel comfortable. Because when you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll feel 100 times more confident.
Do you enjoy a challenge? If so, then you’re going to want to think about pushing yourself when it comes to your fitness. If you want to be able to improve your strength, or increase your cardiovascular fitness, set yourself a challenge or two. You may find that you fall in love with the results and it spurs you to go on.
Take A Friend
You could also think about working out with a friend. Because when you have a fitness buddy, it can often motivate you to stay on track, to push yourself in terms of your abilities and how hard you work, and it can be a lot of fun too!
Find Your Feet
But at the same time, you should also be working out for you, and not for anyone else. Maybe the reason you’ve struggled in the past is that you’re doing things that others do – like going to the gym or running, when they’re not what you really love. So, whether it’s doing something active and adventurous like watersports, or trying belly dancing, you need to do the kind of exercise and workouts that you’re going to love!