There are many important reasons why women should exercise. Exercise helps us to maintain a healthy weight, keep our bones and muscles strong, and can even help to improve our moods.

Additionally, exercise can help to protect us from diseases such as cancer. It’s important for all women to make time for exercise, regardless of their age or fitness level.

However, it can be intimidating to go to the gym, especially if you’re a novice. You don’t know how to work the machines, and you have no idea yet on which exercises are right for you. There’s also fear that you will be made fun of for being an amateur, for not having the endurance, or for being heavier amid all the perfectly-toned bodies of gym regulars.

In this article, you’ll find out how to stick to your fitness goals when you don’t have confidence.

The Challenges of Going to the Gym as a Woman

First of all, let’s look at why it can be especially difficult for women to stick to their fitness goals when they lack self-confidence.

What holds women back from going to the gym?

There are a lot of reasons why women might not feel confident enough to hit the gym. At the root of it, many women simply don’t see working out as something that’s important for their health and happiness.

We also tend to put ourselves down more than men do, saying things like “I’m not good at sports” or “I hate exercising.” We do this because we’re not confident in other areas of our lives, which makes it difficult for us to feel confident when we’re at the gym.

A lack of guidance can hold women back from working out. Many women don’t know how to correctly use the gym equipment, and they might be afraid that someone will judge them if they ask for help. They feel like all eyes are on them, which discourages many from going to the gym in the first place.

As a result of these fears and challenges, we tend to hit a plateau with our fitness goals. We go to the gym for a little while, but then we don’t see any progress and get discouraged. Before you know it, you’re not going to the gym at all, which derails your fitness goals even further.

A lack of confidence can have serious consequences for women’s health

Wear Comfortable but Stylish Gym Gear

Clothes have been scientifically proven to boost confidence. You’ll feel far more prepared to give a speech in front of the public if you’re dressed in business garb. Similarly, you’ll be more ready to go to the gym if you’re wearing the right exercise outfit.

So what kind of gym clothes should you wear?

A well-fitting and supportive sports bra is a priority. If you’re uncomfortable to show off too much skin yet, you can always wear a plus size crop top or a thin oversized T-shirt. You also should wear moisture-wicking shorts or leggings that will allow you to move without restrictions. Next, you should have on running shoes that will reduce the impact of different workouts to your feet and knees.

The most important part is to be comfortable. You want something that won’t bind or restrict your movement too much.

Know Who to Ask for Help

Most gyms have trainers around to help patrons reach their fitness goals. As soon as you come in, ask for a trainer to show you around and give you an introduction into how to use the different equipment in the facility.

If you don’t want to pay, you can always walk to a friendly-looking gym-goer to help you out. Avoid people who are wearing earphones because that usually means they don’t want to be bothered.

Research and Come in with a Plan

Before showing up to the gym, write down a list of exercises and how many times you want to perform them for each set. For example, let’s say your list includes three exercises that you want to do in three sets of eight repetitions for your abs. So your list would look like this:

1. Bicycle crunches (three sets of eight)

2. Plank (three sets of one minute)

3. Reverse Plank (three sets of one minute)

This way, if you’re ever unsure of what to do next, you can look at your list and figure things out.

If you want to use exercise equipment but don’t know how, you can look up videos online or read articles. This will give you an idea how to use them and look like a pro.

Even though women may have a more difficult time with fitness than men do, you shouldn’t let that hold you back. Try out these tips to help build your confidence and stay on track with your fitness goals now.

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