I lift two 8-lb. weights up and down a few times until I notice the people next to me lifting quadruple that amount, practically rolling their eyes at me. By the time I lay down on the mat to do a round of abs, I'm exhausted. I'm closing my eyes and pretending I'm back in Mrs. Kay's kindergarden class and this is nap time.
I was getting dressed in the locker room at my gym last week when I overheard a conversation between two ladies about the tough cardio class we had all just barely survived. One lady was in her bra and panties, the other naked, but for a towel. I looked over at them, about to commiserate on the ass-kicking, when I realized the woman in the towel looked familiar.
Being a bit uncertain or fearful about stepping into a gym is not something that is specific to age. But it certainly doesn't help to be surrounded by younger, fitter and more experienced individuals lifting three times their weight and letting out guttural grunts while doing it. Here are 5 tips to help you get over your fear of gyms.