I’ve never been a fitness guru, and I will probably never be.
However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t believe that exercise is important; I try to work-out at least 30 minutes every day.
The gym has always been the last option for me. Most of my friends are exactly like me and let’s face it: with the economic crisis nowadays, how many people can afford to have a monthly membership at a gym?
Regardless of the money issue, I know people who can afford to visit the gym regularly, but they don’t. Their motivation was as funny as it was intriguing: they have a fitness or exercise phobia.
Since I’ve never heard of such a thing before, I decided to check it out on the internet, to see if it’s true. My discoveries were shocking: not only they were right, but there are a lot of people who suffer from fitness phobia.
Although many would argue that they simply don’t like or hate working out, the root of the problem is still a psychological one, based on certain fears, like in the case of other phobias. Here are a few symptoms described by people with fitness phobia:
- Lack of confidence: many people believe they will feel embarrassed with the way they look when going to a gym. What they ignore is that gyms were created mostly for people with weight issues and not only for thin people who just want to maintain their weight.
- Fear of making a fool of themselves: if you’ve never been to a gym before, than you might have to take this risk. Not everyone knows how to work the machines and exercise correctly, but that’s exactly the reason why most gyms have fitness instructors.
- Childhood memories: many who have failed at a sport when they were young are most likely to develop a fear of any kind of physical activity, just to avoid failing again this way.
- Sweating: although it’s a natural process of the body, some might feel really uncomfortable and even more, disgusted with themselves while sweating. What’s even worse is that, in their imagination, all the others might reject them because of the sweat. But let’s face it, sweating is one of the major purposes of working out. So, be glad when you sweat!
These are the most common causes of fitness phobia. Although it might not seem such a serious issue, the only way a person can overcome this problem is by seeking a specialist’s help. Leaving all of the emotions and fears locked inside will only make things worse.
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