Face Down Your Fitness Fears--
Whether you are walking into the gym for the first time, participating in a group fitness class, or competing in a 5k, you will more than likely feel scared. You are not alone. I know exactly how you feel! In June of this year, I came face to face with my own fitness fears while participating in a 100-mile cycling event. If you feel the least bit of fear, I encourage you to consider the following guidelines to help you combat your fears:
- Allow yourself to be a beginner.
a. Although I have ridden many miles, this was my first 100 mile ride, and I was going solo. None of my cohorts were participating in the event. On that day, not only was I alone, I was a beginner getting ready to challenge myself.
- Ask for help.
a. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance. On my adventure, there were a couple of cyclists who allowed me to draft them. This saved 35% of my energy for which I was very thankful!
- Acknowledge your fear.
a. Regardless of your fear, own it and deal with it. My fears are the hills. I stared them down and planned my attack. The hardest part is getting up the hill, and as they say, “It’s all downhill from here!”
- Allow yourself to fail.
a. It’s alright to fail, but most importantly to learn and acknowledge why you failed. I believe I failed when it came to battling the hills, especially one in particular. I stared it down, planned my strategy, and I still had to walk part of the way. Did I fail completely? Not necessarily, because failing would have been to give up and not try.
- Become your own best friend.
* You can depend on you, you have your own best interests at heart, and only you know how badly you want to reach your goal. Becoming your own best friend should be nurtured and allowed to grow.
Regardless of your fitness fears, consider the strategies mentioned and do your best to face them down! Ten to one you will come out a winner, even if you struggle a little bit to get there!