It’s no secret that a lot of mums feel self-conscious when they go to the gym after giving birth.
I know the feeling of walking into a gym where everyone is in great shape, with toned and perfectly sculpted bodies, and you can’t help but compare yourselves to them.
And then your mind goes on overdrive, self-doubt starts creeping in, and you start thinking,
“How do they have the time or energy to work out?”
“Will I ever lose the extra pounds and feel comfortable in my body?”
“Why is everyone eyeballing me?”
“I knew this is a bad idea. How am I even going to get the time to work out regularly? “
Those are just some of the thoughts that run through our minds when trying to lose the baby weight post-pregnancy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It can be terrifying walking into the gym on the first day. You might feel an urge to go back home and creep back into your comfort zone (think comfy pyjamas and an assortment of snacks), where it’s less scary and judgmental.
But something I’ve realized is that most people at the gym don’t care about who walks through the door.
So, when you think that everyone in the room is staring at your flabby arms, hanging belly, and love handles, I’d hate to break it to you, but it’s all in your head.
And I know it sounds easy on paper, but it’s true. When I’m busy working out, sweating my butt off, I don’t pay attention to other people in the gym. And when I do notice, I don’t rush into judgement mode. I actually feel proud that we have a new face in the gym.
And you want to know something else?
You’ll have to fake being confident most times until you regain your confidence. So, don’t let the fear of people gawking at you make you back out from creating a regular fitness routine. Your body will thank you later.
But how exactly do you boost your confidence in the gym after giving birth?
What’s the best, practical way to fake it till you make it?
I’ll help you out.
In this article, I’ll provide 10 practical tips on how you can feel more confident in the gym while trying to lose weight. These tips are based on real-world experience (aka my embarrassing yet life-changing experience), so you can be sure that they will help you reach your goals.
Let’s get started!
Tip #01: Start With a Small, Achievable Goal
When you’re just starting out, it’s essential to set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t try to lose 30 pounds in one week – that’s not going to happen! Instead, start with a smaller goal, such as losing five pounds over the next month.
Once you’ve achieved that goal, set another one and continue this cycle. This will help you stay motivated and confident in your abilities.
Tip #02: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If you don’t know how to use a particular machine or if you’re not sure about the routine, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The staff at the gym are more than happy to assist you, and they want you to be successful. Plus, it’s always nice to make new friends at the gym!
Tip #03: Find a Workout Buddy
Working out with someone else can help keep you motivated and accountable. When you have someone relying on you to show up for your workouts, you’re more likely to stick to your routine.
And eventually, you’ll realize that it’s always more fun to work out with a friend than alone.
Tip #04: Invest In Some Good Workout Clothes
Working out in clothes that make you feel uncomfortable is only going to make you feel worse about yourself. You don’t want to attempt a squat, and your tights rip at the seam or have your breasts jiggling all over the place when you run or do burpees.
The last thing you want is to spend half of your time adjusting your clothes or tying to tuck in your breasts back into place.
Apart from making you feel confident and comfortable, your active-wear choice will affect your flexibility, performance and recovery. Those are just some reasons you should invest in good quality active-wear.
Out of all my workout clothes, getting the right sports bra was stressful as a beginner. I didn’t know what to look for and what makes a right fit. And so, I’m here to help you have an easier time choosing a sports bra the next time you go out shopping for one.
So, to help you out, here’s an amazing video on picking the right sports bra. Enjoy!
Tip #05: Start Out Slowly, Pace Yourself Mama!
If you’re not used to working out, starting out slowly is crucial. Don’t try to do too much too soon, or you’ll end up getting injured. As much as you want to lose weight, it’s important to have realistic goals.
Instead of pushing yourself to exercise 7 days a week, why not try out 2 days instead?
Ease into your routine and give your body time to adjust. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you start to see results!
Tip #06: Find a workout that you enjoy
Not everyone enjoys running on the treadmill, weightlifting or doing burpees (hey!). If you’re one of those people, try finding a different type of workout that you enjoy.
There are plenty of options out there, so you’re sure to find something that suits your personality and interests.
Tip #07: Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
We all have bad days where we don’t feel motivated to work out. When this happens, please don’t beat yourself up about it. Simply accept that you’re not in the mood and move on. There’s always tomorrow to get back on track.
Tip #08: Make a Fitness Plan
If you’re struggling to stay motivated, try making a fitness plan. This will help keep you accountable and ensure that you’re staying on track. Plus, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to.
Tip #09: Reward Yourself for Your Accomplishments
When you reach a milestone in your weight loss journey, reward yourself! This could be something as simple as buying a new pair of workout clothes or treating yourself to a Mani/Pedi. Whatever makes you happy – go for it!
Tip #010: Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
We all have different body types, and that’s okay.
It might take a while to feel like your old self and love your postpartum body. The important thing is that you’re making an attempt to improve your health and fitness.
Don’t compare yourself to others at the gym – you’re unique and beautiful just the way you are. Focus on your own journey, and be proud of every accomplishment along the way.
Feeling confident in the gym can be tricky, but you’re sure to make progress with these tips.
10 Tips to Help You Feel More Confident and at Ease in the Gym Postpartum
Being new to the gym can be intimidating. And trying to lose weight when you’re still getting used to your postpartum body can be overwhelming.
But it’s possible to get a positive experience and make the gym a safe space for you to work on your fitness goals.
I hope these tens tips will help you feel more confident in the gym and boost your weight loss journey. Remember to stay patient and take things one step at a time – Rome wasn’t built in a day. 🙂
I’d love to know your experience and tips on feeling confident in the gym below.
How do you manage to make it a positive experience for yourself? Let me know!
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