How To Overcome The Fear Of Exercising – Take Control

Fear can be a very debilitating thing when it comes to trying to better your life. For many, it is one of the main reasons why most people are not able to successfully reach their goals.

This is especially true when it comes to bettering one’s health and fitness. In this article, I will be showing you ways on how to overcome the fear of exercising and how you can take control of your life.

It all starts with finding a purpose or reason to want to start making changes to better your physical health. But let’s start with finding out your why.

Finding Your Why

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There are many reasons why you may decide to take control of your life and work on improving your health. Maybe you want to play with your children and are tired of not having enough energy to enjoy them while they are young.

Maybe it’s an illness that you have been dealing with, and are tired of letting that be the reason to not try and focus on your health. It can also be the loss of a loved one due to a sickness they suffered from and you refuse to see yourself in that same situation.

Regardless of your reason, if you are struggling to find motivation to start exercising, these are all good reason to give you the kick in the butt you need. Finding your why allows you to push through when things get hard and that voice in your head is telling you to quit.

Your why will allow you to push through and not let any obstacle get in the way of finding success when it comes to your health.

Know That You’re Not Alone

It’s easy to think that you are all alone when it comes to starting your fitness journey. When the reality is there are many people out there that are going through the same thing. Everyone is looking for a way to fit in and find their place and the great thing about fitness is there are many places to find people that you can relate to.

There are gyms and studios that offer so many different types of classes that can give you the help you need to get your health in order. It’s all about finding the right environment for you that will give you the support you need to succeed.

Although big box gyms are very affordable, they sometimes can lack the support needed when it comes to being consistent in your exercise routine. Studios tend to be more community based since they tend to be member focused and actually care about your fitness goals.

Although they can be a bit pricey, sometimes the price is worth the support you get when trying to better your health. Regardless of which option you choose, making sure you have the support of others around you is key to helping you be consistent.

Ask For Help

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Everyone knows that eating right and exercise is the foundation to maintaining a healthy body, but sometimes it’s not knowing what to do in order to get there is the problem.

For many, lack of knowledge is a big reason for many not to start on their fitness goals. Understanding that it’s ok to ask for help. Whether it be a trainer or someone that you see at the gym that is in great shape and attends regularly.

There are many people that don’t mind giving a little advice to someone that is serious about getting results. Yes there are those out there that just don’t want to be bothered, but most people are willing to answer simples questions if asked.

Find A workout Buddy

Finding someone to workout with is a great way to have someone hold you accountable to your fitness goals.

Everyone has days where excuses pop up and try to stop you from exercising, but having that workout buddy to make sure you stay committed is a great way to break through that problem.

A lot of first time exercisers tend to get nervous in a new environment, so having that buddy there to go through it with you can be very comforting.

Find An Exercise You Will Enjoy

One of the main reasons people are not able to achieve their fitness goals is due to boredom. Especially come new years where everyone is hyped up and ready to go tackle their new year resolutions only to see that motivation quickly die down come the following month.

A great way to avoid this common issue is to find an exercise you will enjoy. Something that will kick your butt and that will challenge you to always be better. Joining a studio that offers classes like kickboxing or weight training is a great way to always make sure you are challenging yourself to be better.

Not only will you get an amazing workout, but because it’s a class setting, there are always opportunities to meet new people who are like minded individuals.

Take Your Time And Stick With It

Also understanding that improving your health and getting results is not a sprint, but a marathon. I’m sure this is not the first time hearing that, but it truly is. We live in a world where we want everything tomorrow, but fail to understand that the body we struggle looking at every morning didn’t just happen overnight.

So making sure you avoid that disappointing feeling of not getting the results you were hoping for in that month or two is not a good reason to quit. As long as you are being consistent and disciplined when it comes to your diet and exercise, the results will show quicker than you know.

Almost like when there is 5 minutes left at work and you continue to look at the clock and it feels like it never moves. But if you just keep yourself busy, those 5 minutes will fly by faster than you know it.

So yea, just stick with it because one thing is for certain, you will most likely never get the results you are looking for if you decide to quit. Just give it time.


The great thing about overcoming a fear is that once you are able to overcome the fear of exercise and eventually reach your goal, all you have to do is maintain.

I know many who was able to lose their desired weight and once they were able to do it, they made sure to always be consistent so that they never return to person they used to be.

So I hope this article of how to overcome the fear of exercise and take control was helpful to you. If you have any questions of thoughts about what you’ve just read, I would love to hear them So don’t be afraid to share those thoughts below.

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