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John A. Mays, MSEd
Fitness Shouldn't Be Frightening Getting Past What Scares You About Working Out
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Fitness Shouldn't Be Frightening Getting Past What Scares You About Working Out

If you associate gyms with the likes of a haunted house, believe personal trainers are as scary as zombies and find running on the treadmill as fun as running away from a headless chainsaw operator, then working out may be a nightmare. But have no fear these fitness tips will help you overcome your fear this Halloween.

Clear Out the Cobwebs

Dust off your sneakers, shake the cobwebs off your workout clothes, grab a partner in crime and get started achieving your fitness goals. However, this can be difficult if you don't know where to begin.

A lot of adults are intimidated by the gym because they don't know what to expect. They don't want people to watch them work out and they are worried about not being able to work the machines. Once you go and get a routine going, it gets easier.

Banish the Evil Spirits

The evil spirits of self-doubt, negative self-talk and bad attitudes can easily stand in your way of starting a fitness routine. I have had clients who were hesitant about working out because they feared not being able to do one pushup or were afraid they would have to give up everything they loved to live a healthy lifestyle.

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn't necessary mean going without. Instead of giving up what you love, you only need to adapt your favorite foods, hobbies, etc. into healthier choices.

And, it's important to remember that the reason you're starting a fitness program in the first place is to learn how to do pushups, core work, strength movements and cardio exercises.

Stare Intimidation In the Face

Setting goals can be intimidating, especially if your goal seems out of reach and unattainable. Instead of giving up before you even start, break down your goal into smaller, actionable and achievable mini-goals that will support your ultimate aspirations.

Instead of signing up for a race before you've ever run a mile, start off easy by incorporating 10 minutes of walking or running into your daily routine.

Eventually work your way up to walking or running the time or distance you want to achieve and enjoy the journey in the process. And be sure to celebrate all of the small successes along the way to keep you motivated and dedicated to succeeding.

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