Exercise Excuse: “I’m So Out of Shape That If I Join a Gym I’ll Look Terrible Compared to the Other Women”
The fear that you’ll appear clumsy or jiggly next to super-fit gals can turn the gym into a no-go zone.
Beat the excuse: Workman suggests visiting the gym or yoga studio for a tour to observe who is working out there. You may discover that you have more in common with them than you thought. Workman says her clients tell her, “I look like these people; I’m not that different from them.” And most people in the middle of a Pilates session or a treadmill run are too busy thinking about what they’re doing to notice your trouble spots.
“We think the rest of the world is evaluating us like we’re evaluating ourselves,” says Kim Sogge, a clinical health psychologist. “But the focus of other people is not on us.” Once you let go of self-criticism, you can zero in on the positive reasons for hitting the gym, such as adopting a healthy lifestyle and feeling invigorated.