Exercise is Nothing to be Embarrassed About

Knock Out Any Thoughts of Slacking Off!
Photo by Leslie Hassler

Everywhere I turn, people are asking me for some extra words of encouragement to make sure they stay active during the hustle and bustle of the season. So on this Workout Wednesday, instead of posting a specific high-intensity workout, consider this an extra dose of motivation to make time for that favorite group exercise class or morning run.

I also want to address a related topic brought to my attention by one of my loyal readers, Toni (check out her blog at januarylace.blogspot.com). I thought she’d want to remain anonymous based on the issue she raised, but she said I could share her name. Toni recently told me she’s embarrassed to workout in front of her fiancé at home. My response? Exercise is nothing to be embarrassed about! In fact, my take is that her future husband would probably be impressed by her effort to do something positive and healthy for herself. Who knows, it could even motivate him to get off the couch and get moving, too!

Unless you’re a professional bodybuilder or fitness model, there’s no need to feel judged by your workout routine. Instead, be proud of yourself for wanting to add exercise to your life for a healthier and happier you. I can also tell you when I’m at the gym, I’m not looking at who’s lifting what and how many times they’re able to lift it. I’m also not looking at what the woman on the elliptical machine next to me is wearing. Sure, there will always be people more “buff” than me on a nearby treadmill or standing next to me in “Club Strength” class. There will also be people who are on a steady, safe pace to lose weight. However, they’re not the focus of my workout. I am.

Simply put, I say there’s no room for judgment at the gym. It’s a place to go to improve your cardiovascular health, strength, agility and endurance. It’s also a great place to find those much-needed endorphins. If you’re not comfortable in your gym, maybe it’s time to try a friend’s gym and see if it’s a better fit for you. If you simply “hate” the gym (and I know a lot of people who do,) then you should definitely find comfort in your own home. The real key is feeling comfortable in your own skin. Without that, it doesn’t matter if you’re working out in your living room in front of your family or a crowded gym full of strangers, you simply won’t stick with your routine.

So, leave the self-doubt at home. If you are working out at home, leave it in the closet. Focus on your breathing, focus on you form and focus on the fact that you’re dong something positive to continue on the journey to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on November 28, 2012, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. What a nice article, and thank you, Toni, for sharing your feelings about “exercise embarrassment”. I used to be embarrassed working out in front of my husband, and sometimes I still am. I also felt it was kind of a distraction (can’t chit-chat when you’re focused on your workout, right?) so I simply told him, “I don’t like working out with you in the room.” And he was totally fine with that! He didn’t say anything to make it seem as if my feeling ’embarrassed’ was wrong or ridiculous, he simply respected my feelings and let it go. The embarrassment for me was because it was something new, I felt awkward, and I needed the space to just focus and learn the workout. I used to go to a gym, but never felt embarrassed there…probably because everyone was a stranger and I felt more comfortable among strangers! 🙂

    • I’m so happy to hear that I’m not alone in being embarrassed to work out in front of the man I love. Odd, right? I have even told him not to even walk by the room to peak at me…it’s borderline ridiculous but I feel like I haven’t mastered it or am doing it wrong or something. Let’s face it…I get nauseated after working out hard for two minutes. I’m glad Laura shared my experience and she’s been totally helpful in her advice to get me on the path of making exercise a daily party of my life.

      • You’ll get more confident, stronger, and maybe even ask your fiancee to watch you crank out twenty push ups! 😀 Laura is incredibly inspiring, helpful, and realistic, I love reading her blog. 🙂

      • Hi Jennifer,
        My apologies to you, as well, about the delayed response to your nice comments. Glad you enjoyed the post and so glad you shared your own story to give Toni and other possibly “shy” exercisers another boost of motivation to find a way to make working out work for them. Thanks for your all the kind compliments, as well, as they mean a lot. Wishing you a fantastic weekend! Stay tuned for this coming Wednesday’s post featuring the fun and exhilarating workout I got through in Central Park on this brisk NYC morning! I’m off to a wedding for a friend tonight for “workout #2” of the day! 🙂

      • Hello Toni,
        Sorry for the late reply, but wanted to thank you for your feedback and again for being the inspiration behind this post. You are DEFINITELY not alone when it comes to being embarrassed, it’s just great when you hear others who’ve been through the same and know you can push past it and fit exercise into your daily routine in a way that’s comfortable and effective for you! And thank you for your kind words about my blog. If I help just one person feel like he or she needs to do a little something to be active today, then I’m one happy fitness fanatic! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! 🙂

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